Bring Prison Reform to Mississippi- Down with the Private Prison Industry

Bring Prison Reform to Mississippi- Down with the Private Prison Industry

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Erin Lindsay started this petition to Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant

The corruption and dysfunction of the private prison industry is no more apparent than in the state of Mississippi.

In East Mississippi, the state requires private prisons to function at a 10% lower cost than state-run facilities function at.  Across the state, Mississippi spends significantly less on prisoners than most states, which state officials brag about, satisfied. 

Because of under-funding, these prisons are also understaffed. But the corrections officers they DO have receive half the amount of training as corrections officers of the state and do little to cease violence in the facilities, often waiting and watching attacks- enjoying attacks- before interfering, if they interfere at all.  

When inmates die under questionable circumstances or when fires are started within the facilities, the warden is not held accountable or punished by their boss, the CoreCivic. So far this year there have been 4 inmate deaths. 

The medical treatment in these facilities would be laughable if it were not so life threatening. The director of mental health for the state is a marriage and family counselor- not a medical doctor. Inmates are not believed when reporting rape. Inmates are left bleeding in their cells after attacks with little to no medical treatment. 

It is no wonder these prisons have become dominated by inmate gangs. Ideally, the Mississippi Governor would do as New York State has done and begin shutting private prisons down. But at the very least, these inmates deserve the extra ten percent in funding, properly trained guards, and comprehensive medical care.

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