Thursday, September 29, 2005

Prison company promises millions to foreign inmates in abuse lawsuit

Knoxville's WVLT reports that private prison company Esmor Correctional Services has promised a multi-million dollar settlement to foreign citizens who were abused at an Esmor-run New Jersey prison. The abuse prompted the federal government to transfer the contract for that prison to Nashville's Corrections Corporation of America.

"Foreigners who claimed they were abused at a detention center in Elizabeth, New Jersey, have won a two and a half million dollar settlement from Esmor Correctional Services."

"The Immigration and Naturalization Service closed the center and fired Esmor after its investigation found that poorly trained guards abused the detainees physically and mentally, gave them spoiled food and deprived them of sleep."

"The detention center reopened in 1997 under operation by Nashville-based Corrections Corporation of America."

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