Tuesday, March 1, 2011

"A War Zone"

Those are the words used by Monico Lopez, a 22-year-old, to describe conditions at the Walnut Grove Youth Correctional Facility. Walnut Grove is a juvenile prison run by the GEO Group in Mississippi, and has been plagued by violence throughout its history.

The violence is so severe in fact that the facility is being sued by two prominent non-profit law firms. The title link just goes to a short article about a vigil that just took place at the prison to commemorate the one year anniversary of a brutal melee in which dozens of youths were violently beaten and stabbed.

Unfortunately for some reason a recent bill in the Mississippi legislature that would have funded an investigation into conditions at the facility failed to even pass out of committee. Yet again, we have an example of a private prison incapable of providing even the least bit of protection to its inmates, but escaping any sort of real oversight by the state.

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