First published on WhyIHateCCA
Two weeks ago, prisoners rioted at a CCA prison in Georgia, resulting in the prison being put on lockdown. There’s not much more information available on that
But a second riot occurred at another CCA prison, this one in Mississippi, and what has come out so far isn’t pretty; 200-300 prisoners were said to be involved in the disturbance, and at least one guard has died. A handful of staff and inmates were injured at the immigration detention facility. The situation lasted for hours, with prisoners taking moire than a dozen staff hostage. Which makes sense, because a former employee said the staff-to-inmate ratio was dangerously low, so much so that he left his job there. Sixteen staff members had to be transported to a hospital due to injuries. Prison riots are a relatively rare occurrence; this one even more so because of the facility’s population. It houses immigrants charged with illegal re-entry, not many of whom have criminal convictions beyond that. So this isn’t a population that necessarily lends itself to violence and rioting; I imagine they are upset with the living conditions in the facility, though no word has yet come out about what incited it.
Thankfully, the company is already coming under fire for its poor management by a Mississippi Congressman, and the riot is being investigated by the FBI.
The guard who died was 24-year-old Catlin Carithers.