Torture Mentally Ill~ 9 mo. Solitary Confinement in Filth, Naked
This report includes a shocking VIDEO of an alleged prison torture in Metro Nashville Detention Facility, which is operated by the for-profit Corrections Corporation of America. This facility warehouses some 1,100 inmates. Corrections Corpoation of America calls itself "the nation's industry leader of privately-managed corrections solutions for federal, state, and local government." Prisons have become America's alternative to hospitals and community treatment for 1.25 million mentally ill citizens, who comprise over 50% of the nation's total prison population of 2.3 million.
It costs taxpayers about $185 BILLION annually ($50 billion annually for actual imprisonment, the rest for arrest, lawyers, and court) to imprison approximately 1 of every 99.1 Americans, many of whom are incarcerated for non-violent offenses like Frank Horton, the inmate in this video who was kept naked in solitary confinement for nine months - so long that he was "no longer able to speak a language anyone could understand." According to the report, NewsChannel 5 Investigates obtained video clips showing Horton repeatedly being sprayed with inflammatory chemical agents.
During his confinement, Horton was not allowed to bathe, exercise, or see a doctor, according to reports. The video is at the link below.
News Channel 5.com
October 30, 2008
Mentally Ill Inmate Gets Nine Months in Solitary
Video and News Article at this link:
"The man's hair, his beard was matted up," said Patrick Perry, the correctional officer who blew the whistle. "I had never seen an inmate live in those kinds of conditions."
Originally convicted on drug charges, Frank Horton failed to check in with his parole officer. That's how he ended up at the CCA facility in December 2005.
Horton's mother couldn't believe her ears when she heard about her son's condition. "They could be talking about someone else, not my son," Cytherea Braswell said.
His grandmother was equally shocked. "We never heard nothing else other than 'Well, he's in there and he's doing OK,'" said Mary Braswell . . .
"An actual CCA intake form noted that Mr. Horton had had a history of psychological and mental illness and probable schizophrenia was noted on those forms," said the family's attorney, John Ray Clemmons of the law firm Blackburn & McCune.
So guards locked him up in solitary, and Horton became more and more difficult to control. Finally, as another video clip shows, he began to refuse to leave his cell at all.
Clemmons said, "Instead of treating Mr. Horton for the illness which was causing him to act in this manner, they punished him. They sprayed him with chemical agents. They put him in solitary and segregated confinement for extended periods of time with no medical treatment."
(See entire article at link above)
CCA's website reports the following:
Established in 1983, CCA founded the private corrections industry. We manage, design, build and own more than 66 correctional facilities and detention centers from coast to coast, in small cities, metropolitan areas and destinations in between. With nearly 17,000 corrections professionals, CCA provides high-quality rehabilitation, security, vocational, educational, health care and administrative services to the more than 75,000 residents in our care.
See other articles about criminalization of mental illness in America at these links:
Gov. Schwarzenegger's Mental Health Crisis
Private Prison Company Indicted for Murder
Survey Results Published: "Prisons or Hospitals for Mentally Ill Offenders?"
Another Mental Patient Killed on Video - No More Censorship to Protect Prison Profiteers!
UPDATE - APRIL 4, 2003
Article posted by prisoner activist via email on 4/2/09
Corrections Corporation of America Announces Contract Award With Federal Bureau of Prisons
NASHVILLE - Corrections Corporation of America announced today that it has been awarded a contract with the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to house up to 2,567 federal inmates at CCA's recently completed 2,232-bed Adams County Correctional Center in Mississippi.
The four-year contract, awarded as part of the Criminal Alien Requirement 8 Solicitation ("CAR 8"), also provides for up to three two-year renewal options and includes contract provisions that are materially comparable to the Company's other contracts with the BOP, including a 50 percent guarantee of occupancy during activation period and a 90 percent guarantee thereafter. CCA expects to receive a Notice to Proceed within 120 days of the contract award and expects to commence receiving inmates during the third quarter of 2009. Under the provisions of the award, the company could earn revenues of up to approximately $226.4 million during the initial four-year term of the contract.
"We are delighted that the Federal Bureau of Prisons has chosen our company in awarding this contract. We currently house more than 8,500 inmates from the BOP at several of the facilities we own. We believe this new award reflects the BOP's ongoing commitment to utilize the private sector to allow the agency the flexibility in managing its bed-space needs in a reasonable and cost effective manner," stated John Ferguson, Chief Executive Officer. "We developed our Adams County facility in anticipation of future demand from our customers, and we believe our ability to immediately provide a facility capable of meeting the capacity requirements of the BOP combined with our commitment to providing quality service were important factors in obtaining this award."
CCA is the nation's largest owner and operator of privatized correctional and detention facilities and one of the largest prison operators in the United States, behind only the federal government and three states. CCA currently operates 64 facilities, including 44 company-owned facilities, with a total design capacity of approximately 85,000 beds in 19 states and the District of Columbia. CCA specializes in owning, operating and managing prisons and other correctional facilities and providing inmate residential and prisoner transportation services for governmental agencies.
To learn more about CCA, visit www.correctionscorp.com
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When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
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