The news is out: [Three guards at a New Jersey women’s prison have been charged in connection with a violent attack on inmates last month, the state’s attorney general announced Thursday.
On January 11, prison guards removed inmates from their cells and allegedly attacked them at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility in Clifton, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said in a statement. More than 20 officers were placed on administrative leave as officials investigated allegations of violence, a union official said.
Luis Garcia, a correctional police officer, was charged with second-degree assault, official misconduct, and filing a false report. Garcia’s accused of pepper-spraying an inmate, removing her from her cell and punching her in the face 28 times, which resulted in serious injuries, according to Grewal.
Two supervisors — Sergeant Amir Bethea and Sergeant Anthony Valvano — were both charged with official misconduct as well as covering up the alleged assault.]
This is a natural result from having for-profit private prisons. The GEO Group (Private Prisons) The for-profit prison industry is worth $70 billion. Private prison companies like CCA and The Geo Group approach cash-strapped states and offer to save them money by buying their prisons.
During this past election cycle, private prison PACs, employees, and their families have given $2.1 million to candidates, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.