I've read of Walnut Grove in the past. I guess the abuses are still coming to light. Mods, please move this thread if we have another on this abysmal prison.


Feds: Young inmates abused at private Miss. prison
March 21, 2012

"The Justice Department says juveniles were subjected to sexual misconduct and other abuses at a privately run Mississippi prison..."


"....sexual misconduct at Walnut Grove Youth Correctional Facility in central Mississippi "was among the worst that we have seen in any facility anywhere in the nation." Walnut Grove which also houses adults is run by GEO Group of Boca Raton, Fla., the nation's second largest private prison company...."


"....The Department of Justice's groundbreaking investigation into the GEO-Group operated Walnut Grove Youth Correctional Facility confirms what Mississippi's communities have known for over a decade: the combination of a profit hungry private prison, and a bad law that allows too many teenagers to enter the adult justice system has created a public safety crisis in Mississippi," said Sheila Bedi, deputy legal director for the Southern Poverty Law Center..."


"...The Justice Department report listed numerous problems, including that the facility was "deliberately indifferent to staff sexual misconduct and inappropriate behavior with youth." It also said the facility used excessive force, is indifferent to gang affiliations within the ranks of correctional staff and is indifferent to risks that young inmates posed to others...."

More at link