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  • prisonet prisonet Feb 27, 2001 9:40 AM Flag

    CSC trial

    Interesting stories in the Texas papers about the trial. I wonder why a vice-president of the company would make the comment to a state legislator that, "the women got what they wanted," referring to the sexual harassment allegations. Again, CSC fails miserably in the public relations area. It most definetly is a culture of corporate indifference and is obviously going to cost them dearly.

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    • Excuse me! I agree with the content of the story. But at the same time your name is on it so you must have some reason for posting it. If you see a dirty rag on the ground and you pick it up. You get dirt on your hands everytime. You never take any position on anything. I was wrong for praising you, but I will continue to critisize you for standing for nothing. Apples not aples. Your typing is getting as bad as mine.

    • I posted an article I found on the trial. Why do you continue to credit me for writing these stories?

      How can you possibly agree with me "100%" when I said nothing about these stories?

      Please get it straight. You are mixing aples and oranges here - again.

      No offense intended: I prefer to earn praise or criticism on my own, for my own actions, not for the words of others.

    • Prisonet, here's the story
      THE FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM

      February 24, 2001

      Harris takes stand in trial on boot camp; Legislator testifies that executive said women 'got what they wanted'

      Anthony Spangler; Star-Telegram Staff Writer

      FORT WORTH - State Sen. Chris Harris testified Friday
      that a senior vice president of the Mansfield boot camp's
      private operator told him that three women who were
      sexually abused by its employees "got what they wanted."

      The three women, whom the Star-Telegram is not identifying, are
      suing Florida-based Correctional Services Corp., for an undisclosed
      amount for mental anguish. They say they deserve monetary damages
      for the sexual abuse they suffered at the Tarrant County Community
      Correction Facility in Mansfield.

      The facility for probationers houses a boot camp and three
      substance abuse programs and is run by CSC. The programs are
      overseen by the probation department and the county's 19 criminal
      court judges.

      Harris, R-Arlington, told 141st District Court Judge Paul Enlow
      that he was personally offended by the remarks by a high-ranking
      CSC official during a telephone call in July. Enlow is hearing the
      case without a jury.

      "I asked him what was going on at the facility concerning the
      women," Harris said. "He said that I need to understand that the
      women locked up in a facility like this, that they had gotten
      what they wanted, referring to the sexual acts that took place
      against them. The company seemed to have no concern about what
      happened to the women."

      After his testimony, Harris continued to criticize CSC outside
      the courtroom, saying the company's 19 contracts at corrections
      facilities in Texas should be investigated for similar problems.

      Harris' interest in the boot camp's turmoil stems from his own
      battle with alcoholism, he said.

      "I'm such a firm supporter of the boot camp because of the
      alcohol and drug programs there," said Harris, who said he quit
      drinking more than 20 years ago without any assistance. "But they
      have to respect the inmates there."

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      • Attorneys representing the plaintiffs contend that a corporate
        culture exists in CSC that treats women as second-class inmates and
        disregards their complaints of sexual misconduct by male guards.

        Male staff members at the Mansfield facility are not allowed to
        be alone with female inmates without a female staff member present,
        according to CSC's contract with the probation department.

        But since the trial started Wednesday, several witnesses have
        testified that staff shortages often allowed male employees to be
        alone with female inmates.

        CSC attorneys have argued that the women never filed grievances
        nor told any CSC or probation department staff members about any
        sexual misconduct.

        "Grievances were always addressed," Rebecca Luna, a former
        supervisor at the boot camp, testified. "But the residents or
        trainees wouldn't report violations. We'd hear about them through
        hearsay and rumors."

        One of the plaintiffs, a 33-year-old Arlington woman, testified
        Friday that she did not report the sexual advances of a CSC
        maintenance worker because she feared retaliation and had no faith
        in the grievance process.

        "I learned in the first two weeks there that you don't file
        grievances," said the woman, who admitted that the six-month boot
        camp helped her end a nearly lifelong addiction to methamphetamine.

        The woman said she was forced to simulate sex acts in front of a
        maintenance worker who watched from a ventilation duct. She said he
        threatened to plant cigarettes in her locker in exchange for sexual
        favors.

        The employee, Michael Zahn, resigned last year and pleaded guilty
        in Tarrant County District Court to two charges of official
        oppression. He was sentenced to two years' probation.

        Harris cited Zahn's conviction and three other criminal cases of
        sexual misconduct as proof of a "disgusting" history of CSC
        supervision at the boot camp.

        "They not only didn't do what they could have done, those people
        intentionally don't do what they should do to protect" female
        inmates, he said.