One month after a federal court ordered sweeping changes at a troubled juvenile prison in rural Mississippi, the private company managing the prison has announced it is pulling out of the state. A report by the Justice Department describes “systemic, egregious and dangerous practices” at the Walnut Grove Youth Correctional Facility.
As those words imply, the official report is scathing.
What did we learn? It’s cheaper for a private prison company to buy a U.S. Senator like Thad Cochran to garner influence in his jurisdiction than it is to run a facility that doesn’t violate inmates’ Eighth Amendment rights.