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  • r7ualj r7ualj Mar 17, 1999 2:13 PM Flag

    (OT) The General's flag is at half staff

    The following is background and this is no
    made-up story. I get my information from first hand
    sources.

    D.C. gives prison operator a break $1.3
    million in fines were
    forgiven in '98
    Ronald J.
    Hansen

    11/13/98
    The Washington Times

    2
    Page A1
    (Copyright 1998)

    The
    D.C. Department of Corrections finished fiscal 1998
    almost $8.8
    million in the red but forgave more than
    $1.3 million in health- and
    safety-related fines
    against a private prison company that operates a

    prison in Southeast.

    Corrections Corporation of
    America admits it had too few guards to fill
    all the
    shifts but denies workers failed to dispense medication
    to inmates
    in a timely fashion at the city's
    Correctional Treatment Facility in late
    1997 and early
    1998.

    The District has had continuing problems
    with CCA, the largest
    company of its kind in the
    country.

    By April 1998, just 13 months after CCA
    took over the treatment
    facility, D.C. inspectors
    cited the company for $1,308,800 in fines to be

    deducted from the city's monthly payment.

    But in
    June, John H. Thomas, former deputy director for
    operations for
    the department, erased all but $470,202
    of the violation, which had
    climbed to $1.7
    million, according to documents obtained by The

    Washington Times.

    "It is evident that these
    deficiencies are primarily due to long- term failure
    to
    respond and take actions to achieve compliance with
    critical medical
    practices, court orders and {American
    Correctional Association}
    standards," Mr. Thomas wrote.


    The D.C. Department of Corrections fined
    Corrections Corporation of
    America for these violations,
    then reduced or dropped many of the
    penalties:


    1. Failed to make timely delivery of medication;
    $536,000 fine reduced
    to $268,000.

    2. Failed
    to provide vision care service; $77,400 fine
    dropped; CCA to
    reimburse for current service at D.C.
    General Hospital.

    3. Failed to provide refresher
    training on preventing sexual misconduct
    against
    inmates; $72,000 fine dropped.

    4. Failed to
    provide training on working with female prisoners;
    $111,600
    fine dropped.

    5. Failed to provide
    college course work for female prisoners; $77,400

    fine reduced to $11,701 for program cost at the
    University of the
    District of Columbia.

    6.
    Failed to provide apprenticeship program for female
    prisoners;
    $127,800 fine dropped while CCA looks for a
    suitable program.

    7. Failed to provide sufficient
    guard staffing; $762,000 fine reduced by
    75 percent
    to $190,500.

 
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