The nation's largest for-profit prison operator, Corrections Corporation of America, has agreed to pay the Idaho Department of Correction $1 million to settle a dispute over staffing hours at the state's largest prison.
CCA's admission that it had understaffed the Idaho Correctional Center by thousands of man-hours in 2012 led to a government audit and contributed to several lawsuits by prisoners and prison employees, which claimed inadequate staffing resulted in unsafe conditions.
The following information is based on numerous letters from prisoners in the High Security Unit at Menard Correctional Center in Illinois written in December 2013. These prisoners expect to go on hunger strike on Jan. 15, 2014, due to their placement and retention in severe isolation, under inhumane living conditions, without notice, reasons or hearing. This will be a peaceful protest.
Retaliation can be expected. These men ask for our support and action. And they ask us to spread the word.
REPORT FROM DICK GREGORY AND LOUIS WOLF ON THE ONGOING VIGIL AT THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF PRISONS HEADQUARTERS, WASHINGTON, DC, SEEKING COMPASSIONATE RELEASE FOR LYNNE STEWART
On Monday, June 17, as activists stood before the BOP headquarters on Monday, a guard emerged to ask why they were there. Upon hearing that Dick Gregory would be present at the vigil the following day, he responded enthusiastically: "My man, Dick Gregory!"
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