Friday, June 8, 2012
In the interest of fairness and accuracy, I apologize for rushing to judgment on CCA without getting the full story of what happened in the beating death of Micheal Minick in Tennessee. He was not beaten by CCA guards and to my knowledge had no direct interaction with CCA employees. However, since CCA manages pretrial detainees for the county, they are being sued in their official capacity for failure to protect him from harm and deliberate indifference, essentially the same charges that have been brought against the city government (and rightfully so). CCA and its employees had no direct involvement in Mr. Minick's death and in the grand scheme of things could hardly be considered responsible. But if the company wishes to assume inherent governmental functions, it should at least be prepared to deal with lawsuits like this.