This video from the USA is called Part 1 – The Private Prison Problem: Not Here, Not Anywhere. Part 2 is here below.
From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Violent ‘gladiator school’ sued
Friday 12 March 2010
The American Civil Liberties Union sued a private prison corporation on Thursday, claiming that violence is so rampant at the Idaho prison the firm runs that the facility is known as “gladiator school” among inmates.
The lawsuit says that Idaho’s only private prison, the Idaho Correctional Centre, is extraordinarily violent with guards deliberately exposing inmates to brutal beatings from other prisoners as a management tool.
The group contends the prison then denies medical care to inmates to save money and hide the extent of injuries.
Senior ACLU lawyer Stephen Pevar said that he has sued at least 100 jails and prisons – but none came close to the level of violence at Idaho Correctional Centre.
“Our country should be ashamed to send human beings to that facility,” Mr Pevar said.
The ACLU is asking for class-action status and $155 million (£102m) in punitive damages – the entire net profit reported by the company in 2009.
The ACLU said the money should go to lead plaintiff Marlin Riggs who sustained permanent facial deformities and other medical problems after he was savagely beaten in his cell.
The lawsuit refers to an investigation based on public records requests that found the level of violence at the prison was three times higher than at other Idaho prisons, and that Idaho Department of Correction officials believed violence was also dramatically underreported by Corrections Corporation of America and inmates.
Corrections Corporation of America’s director of public affairs Steve Owen insisted that state officials have unfettered access to the prison and provide strong oversight at the facility.
The report on “The Human Rights Record of the United States in 2009,” issued by China, presents a picture of 21st century America as others see it, one which is in sharp contrast to the official mythology and American media propaganda: here.
Privatizing British prisons: here.