The following comes from a recent AP story posted by our comrades at Prison Watch of Idaho, and offers a glimpse of the fine company that Jan Brewer and her people are in bed with, Corrections Corporation of America (CCA). Here's their national corporate rap sheet. The guards and administrators who allowed this to happen - which has been a routine occurrence at this prison - should be prosecuted. Chances are, they never will.
CCA also operates a number of prisons and detention centers in Arizona, including the Central Arizona Detention Center in Florence, where migrants are held for ICE, as well as two facilities under contract with the State of Hawai'i: Saguaro (where two prisoners were murdered this year) and Red Rock Correctional Centers in Eloy. There is no state oversight for these places, and it's hard to find out what goes on behind their walls. Here are a few of the civil rights suits filed against CCA in Arizona in the past few years. The progressive blog Firedoglake put up an interesting post on the relationship between AZ, Hawai'i, and the private prison industry last month: check it out.
In their defense, CCA's Idaho Correctional Center is fully accredited by the American Correctional Association (okay, that doesn't say much for them - here's the ACA's rap sheet).
Video Emerges of the Beating of an Inmates at ICC - Investigation Underway At Idaho 'Gladiator School' Prison After Inmate Is Beaten Into A Coma As Guards Do Nothing
November 30, 2010 BOISE, IDAHO — The surveillance video from the overhead cameras shows Hanni Elabed being beaten by a fellow inmate in an Idaho prison, managing to bang on a prison guard station window, pleading for help. Behind the glass, correctional officers look on, but no one intervenes when Elabed was knocked unconscious.
No one steps into the cellblock when the attacker sits down to rest, and no one stops him when he resumes the beating.
Footage raises ire of critics
Videos of the attack obtained by The Associated Press show officers watching the beating for several minutes. The footage is a key piece of evidence for critics who claim the privately run Idaho Correctional Center uses inmate-on-inmate violence to force prisoners to snitch on their cellmates or risk being moved to extremely violent units.
Lawsuits from inmates contend the company that runs the prison, the Corrections Corporation of America, denies prisoners medical treatment as a way of covering up the assaults. They have dubbed the Idaho lockup "gladiator school" because it is so violent.
The AP initially sought a copy of the videos from state court, but Idaho 4th District Judge Patrick Owen denied that request. The AP decided to publish the videos after a person familiar with the case verified their authenticity.
Videos show brutal beating, prison upset with video release
The videos show at least three guards watching as Elabed was stomped on a dozen times. At no time during the recorded sequence did anyone try to pull away James Haver, a short, slight man.
About two minutes after Haver stopped the beating of his own accord, the metal cellblock door was unlocked. Haver was handcuffed and Elabed was examined for signs of life. He bled inside his skull and would spend three days in a coma.
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Idaho Statesman - "Guards Shown Watching Inmate Attack"
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