I am starting to miss Buffets and Todd. I suppose
they are busy applying for social security. I can't
resist re-posting this buffets message (I hope the rest
of you don't mind)
"As I was saying....WHC
going to $5
by: buffetts_dartmen 2/1/00 12:39
Msg: 1051 of 1089
see you there. I might buy at $4
but I doubt it. WHat a POS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "
wonder what he contemplates as he eats his "shorts". LOL
(I laugh at my own jokes)
Correctional Services Corp out of Sarasota, FL.
It apppears from the article that the LA (not FL, as
erroneously reported by me) Judiciary committee is looking
into WHC operations as they relate to Jena
Sorry for the confusion. Florida newspaper threw me
Was Tallulah one of our facilities? If so please
point me to WHC statements made at that time. Also
another thing is not clear to me. Is the Senate Judiciary
Committee wanting to investigate WHC as a whole, or just
Jena, or are they investigating corrections in
Louisiana, of which WHC is just a part?
looks like they are just piling on.
Here's the story:
April 1, 2000 Saturday, ORLEANS
NATIONAL; Pg. A02
LENGTH: 332 words
HEADLINE: SENATE PANEL TO INVESTIGATE REPORTS OF ABUSE AT
BYLINE: By Ed Anderson and Steve
Ritea Capital bureau
DATELINE: BATON ROUGE
The chairman of the Senate
committee that oversees the state prison system said Friday
that he wants to know how the Jena Juvenile Justice
Center became a topic for national discourse and a
target of federal Justice Department officials, who say
there is widespread abuse at the facility near
Sen. Donald Cravins, D-Arnaudville,
told Richard Stalder, the secretary of the Department
of Public Safety and Corrections, that he wants
answers before lawmakers go home after the special
session ends, probably next week.
he will schedule a special meeting of his Senate
Judiciary B Committee to look into the allegations. He said
he wants officials from the department and Wackenhut
Corrections Corp., the private company that operates the jail
for the state, to attend the meeting.
Stalder said that if he does not attend, his staff
members will. Cravins said he has been assured by a
Wackenhut spokesman that company officials will attend.
The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday
amended an existing lawsuit against Louisiana to include
the Jena jail and Wackenhut.
It asks that a
federal judge intervene and correct problems at a jail
where guards allegedly abuse youths, encourage them to
fight one another and provide them with inadequate
medical and educational facilities.
got out of (problems with the juvenile jail in)
Tallulah," Cravins said after the meeting. "How the hell can
you fall asleep at the switch again? We have been
told everything has been taken care of. At least, that
is the impression we have gotten from corrections"
Cravins said the state has a legal
responsibility to monitor the problems and clean them up. "Think
of the liability alone," he said.
called the problems at Jena "not only an embarrassment
to the state, but it is following a pattern of
conduct in the juvenile justice system. If half of what
is being said about Jena is true, somebody needs to
answer for the allegations."
The biggest threat to shareholders is the
mistreatment of "hoodlums". The implications go beyond Jena,
to Whackenhut as a whole, and the entire private
corrections industry. The financials are sound, shareholders
have been well treated here. The perception that
Whackenhut is ignoring the conditions of the inmates is the
only thing keeping this shareprice low. Unfortunately,
the abuse of inmates appears to be a fact. WHC better
gets its act together and ensure that allegations and
reports of this sort don't start popping up in our other
facilities or we could see a bit of a snowball effect. WHC
could save shareholders a lot of worry if they did
their job better than standards or expectations.
In the letter to U.S. District Judge Frank
Polozola, Whitley notes six more suicide attempts or
gestures at the Jena center on Feb. 25 and Feb. 26 and
three "unusual occurrence" reports indicating another
suicide attempt on March 4, a self-mutilation on March 5,
and an offender "who swallowed a handful of pills" on
Wackenhut also denied in Wednesday's
filing that it was:
not keeping adequate
supplies of clothes,
not feeding the juveniles enough
not providing enough recreation and
not properly screening or training employees,
not keeping proper immunization records.
Wackenhut objected to Dr. Cohen's "inference" that the
corporation "is using cheaper, noneffective medications" for
"The inference is offensive and
purely subjective," Wackenhut wrote.
also denied its officers are violent with the juvenile
"This population is criminally violent and
manipulative," Wackenhut wrote of the Jena center
Meanwhile, attorneys representing the juvenile offenders in
the civil rights litigation expressed their
objections to the Wackenhut response.
"There's an old
saying in the law that when you can't attack the facts,
attack the witness," attorney Nordyke said. "They seem
to be taking a lot of slaps at the Department of
Nordyke, of Baton Rouge,
said, "Wackenhut is being intentionally blind to the
problems at that facility. It is very hard to ignore the
number of kids that have been hurt at that facility and
simply palm it off to 'kids will be kids.'
David Utter, director of the Juvenile Justice Project
of Louisiana, was equally critical of the Wackenhut
"What's the priority here?" Utter asked
of Wackenhut's promise to spend only the amount of
money on the Jena center mandated by law and by its
contracts with state and local agencies.
priority is not the kids," the New Orleans attorney said
in an interview. "It's the contract and the profit
Utter said he recalled the November near-riot, one of
two serious incidents at the Jena center since it
opened in December 1998.
During the November
incident, seven juveniles were exposed to chemical Pepper
Mace spray, a chemical grenade and a chemical called
The children were already lying on
the ground when officers sprayed them with the
chemicals within six inches of their faces, Utter
The chemicals are not to be used indoors, Utter said.
"The reason it's not for use indoors is that people
Wackenhut, in its court response,
denied any impropriety other than failure to promptly
inform state Corrections officials and "less than
adequate response by the nursing staff" to the juveniles
exposed to the spray.
Wackenhut denies complaint
federal consultants as biased, wrong
By VICKI FERSTEL
The Advocate (Baton Rouge)
Wackenhut Corrections Corp. on Wednesday disputed as
inflammatory, biased, incomplete and wrong the conclusions of
four U.S. Justice Department consultants who last
month slammed the for-profit Jena Juvenile Justice
Wackenhut made its counterclaims in a 32-page executive
summary filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court at Baton
Rouge. The summary is the response by the publicly
traded corporation to a 277-page Justice Department
report that last month found the Jena center "unsafe,
violent and inhumane."
The Justice Department
report and the Wackenhut response are part of ongoing
civil rights litigation against the state involving
public juvenile prisons in Baton Rouge, Bridge City and
Monroe and for-profit prisons in Tallulah and
Keith Nordyke, one of the attorneys for the juvenile
offenders in the civil rights litigation, said he fears
Wackenhut's court filing may indicate the company's
willingness to engage in a drawn-out court battle.
feel very strongly that kids are being hurt up there,"
Nordyke said in an interview Wednesday. "We want to get
this resolved and resolved quickly."
based in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., owns and operates
the 276-bed Jena center. The state Department of
Public Safety and Corrections pays about $7 million a
year to house juveniles from throughout the state at
Wackenhut, represented by the
Baton Rouge law firm of Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson,
asserted in its response that:
The conclusions of
Nancy Ray, the Justice Department's expert on prison
violence, are "inflammatory, incomplete, and misrepresented
figures" and her report is "anything but an objective
The conclusions of Paul DeMuro, a corrections
expert, are "obviously biased;"
The report by Dr.
Michael Cohen, the pediatrician who examined the center's
medical and dental care programs, contains "examples of
gross generalizations and innuendo" that include
"professionally offensive statements ... which could be
interpreted as approaching professional slander;" and
conclusions of Dr. Kathleen Quinn, a child and adolescent
psychiatrist, are incorrect.
The Justice Department experts
inspected the Jena center on Jan. 3-7 and Jan.
Wackenhut said in the report that it retained its own
experts -- James Austin, a U.S. Justice Department
monitor for the Georgia juvenile corrections system, and
Michael Mahoney, a consultant in criminal justice and
management -- to review the Jena center.
said it plans to file its experts' report in the court
record at a later date.
Wackenhut also questioned
Justice Department claims that juveniles were attempting
suicide or mutilating themselves to escape violence from
other juveniles and security officers.
fail to indicate whether these (eight) cases were
youths attempting to manipulate the system for self-gain
or whether they were incidents of true suicidal
ideation," Wackenhut wrote.
The Wackenhut response
does not address a March 9 letter filed in the federal
court record from court-appointed prisons expert John
It is hard to conceive of why this share price
has been so reluctant to move in the upwards
direction. I can empathise with Easily-confused and
Manboking and a few others who have been with this one on
the long haul. My initial enthusiasm last fall has
been tempered by the decline in my portfolio value. I
too have wondered about the effect of the
presidential race, but neither of the front runners are any
threat to the privatisation of prisons. The odd thing is
that pres election years are generally times for a
boom in the stock market. However, if you take out the
high tech effect the market has been in decline for
the past year. I decided to increase my holdings in
WHC at 9 3/4 but I may have to buy a little higher
because the price now seems reluctant to dip there. With
certain portions of the market teetering on collapse it
is nice to have shares in something that is as
secure as a government bond issue with 6 times the