Prisons short

by Firedoglake

Corrections Corporations of America -- the nation's largest private prison company -- is bidding to renew its contract with the Bureau of Prisons for a troubled immigrant detention center in Youngstown, OH.

But a new study uncovered insect-infested and overcrowded cells, understaffed medical personnel, and a 'warehouse and forget' attitude at for-profit prisons like this one.

More recently, 140 prisoners refused to return to their cells to protest these conditions. It's possible Warden Mike Pugh may have tried to keep it under wraps, for fear of hurting the prison's bid renewal cahc

Call BOP Director Charles Samuels Jr. today to voice your concern for the protesting prisoners and oppose renewing CCA's contract in Youngstown.

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Hello, my name is {YOUR NAME} and I'm calling today to ask the Bureau of Prisons not to renew Correction Corporation of America's contract for the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center in Youngstown.

I am deeply concerned by reports of violence and substandard living conditions under CCA's watch at this facility. NEOCC was already forced to close once before due to violence and mismanagement. The city of Youngstown has also had to sue CCA on behalf of inmates to improve their squalid living conditions.

Just recently, the prison was put on lockdown after 140 prisoners protested their conditions., and the mayor and police only found out about it after an inmate's family member called 911.

CCA's questionable track record is not isolated to NEOCC. The state of Idaho just ended its contracts with CCA to run the Idaho Correctional Center, which was so plagued with violence that it was nicknamed "gladiator school."

Please consider the health and safety of prisoners serving in for-profit institutions. Do not renew CCA's contract for the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center in Youngstown.

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Hello, my name is {YOUR NAME} and I'm calling today to ask the Bureau of Prisons not to renew Correction Corporation of America's contract for the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center in Youngstown. I am deeply concerned by reports of violence and substandard living conditions under CCA's watch at this facility. NEOCC was already forced to close once before due to violence and mismanagement. The city of Youngstown has also had to sue CCA on behalf of inmates to improve their squalid living conditions. Just recently, the prison was put on lockdown after 140 prisoners protested their conditions., and the mayor and police only found out about it after an inmate's family member called 911. CCA's questionable track record is not isolated to NEOCC. The state of Idaho just ended its contracts with CCA to run the Idaho Correctional Center, which was so plagued with violence that it was nicknamed "gladiator school." Please consider the health and safety of prisoners serving in for-profit institutions. Do not renew CCA's contract for the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center in Youngstown.

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