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  • mcprison mcprison Dec 11, 2000 1:15 PM Flag

    FBI investingating Wackenhut, 1

    FBI investigating Wackenhut abuse
    allegations
    The FBI is reportedly taking a look at allegations of
    brutality against
    inmates in this privately operated
    unit
    of the state Correction Department.

    By
    Michael Haddigan
    December 01, 2000
    Arkansas
    Times

    The FBI is investigating allegations that guards beat
    inmates at the
    state prison units operated at Newport
    by the Wackenhut
    Corrections Corp., said state
    Correction Department spokesman Dina
    Tyler.
    The
    allegations came to light in Arkansas Times stories published
    on
    Nov. 16. Current and former guards and employees
    and
    inmates alleged that beatings of prisoners were a regular
    occurrence,
    especially at the Scott Grimes Correctional Facility
    which
    houses about 600 young males between the ages of 16 and
    24.
    The Ronald McPherson Correctional Facility houses
    about 600 women
    inmates of all ages in a nearly
    identical facility.
    "We have spoken with the FBI. The
    FBI is looking into this, and we are
    assisting
    them," Tyler said.
    Wackenhut Senior Warden John
    Maples said FBI agents have been to the
    facility
    recently, but he said he didn't know what
    they were
    investigating.
    Brian Marshall, an FBI spokesman in Little Rock,
    declined comment.
    The Times first learned of the
    allegations in letters from inmates who
    contended that
    Wackenhut guards brought in temporarily
    from Louisiana
    were terrorizing inmates with what they called
    "Swamp
    Beatings."
    Prisoners were often handcuffed for minor infractions,
    sprayed with
    chemical agents and then punched, kicked
    and rammed into
    walls and doors, the inmates
    said.
    Correctional officers at both facilities interviewed for the
    articles
    said such beatings were common knowledge among the
    guard
    force. One officer, Joe Tagliaboschi, 62, of Diaz, said
    he believed
    other officers falsified documents to
    cover up the beatings.
    The guards also complained
    that Wackenhut frequently ran both units with
    a
    skeleton staff far below the "critical post"
    limits
    required by the company's contract with the state.

 
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