Private dream, public reality
An independent audit over a riot at Wackenhut Corrections facility in Santa Rosa New Mexico found the Wackenhut facility had building deficiencies and a lack of experienced staff. An Auditor said The state was also partly to blame because ."We had inmates in those institutions who frankly shouldn't have been there," (27 ).
Private prisons can have a more lax employment screening system. Some have had publicly filed abuse cases before they where hired(28 ).
After scandals of sex between guards and inmates, and escapes, Broward County Florida Sheriff's spokesman Jim Leljedal said "What we're hoping for is a more performance-based contract,"(29 ).
Wackenhut ran a private prison in Texas called Travis County Community Justice Center. A former female inmate said sex was routinely traded for things like shampoo and underwear. She was raped one night by a guard while she was dope up on psychiatric medication. She was assaulted by prisons guards to prevent her from reporting the crime. Only after she made a court appearance heavily bruised and emaciated did an investigation begin. Sexual assault was not uncommon at this institution. Former private prison guards and a manger indicted for sexually assaulting or harassing 16 female inmates for the years 1998 and 1999(30).
A Private prison in Idaho has a violence rate three times higher than that of government ran prison (31 )
In two separate incidents two former female inmates of the Washington D.C. Correctional Treatment Facility accused guards of sexually assaulting them. They brought suit against the district and the operator of the private prison Corrections Corp. of America (CCA), for failing to supervise, train and failing to investigate their claims of sexual misconduct. Attorney for the plaintiff Deborah M. Golden said "Neither woman disputes their crime," and added. "But that doesn't mean rape was part of their sentence."(32 ).