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Articles by David Reutter

GPS Tracking of Washington Sex Offenders Expanded

By David M. Reutter

In September 2008, The Washington State Department of Corrections (WDOC) began requiring its most violent sex offenders to wear a GPS monitoring bracelet for the first 30 days after release from prison. The new program is an expansion of a test program that was used on ...

Michigan Auditor Finds Prisoner Health Care Delivery Inadequate

By David M. Reutter

The Michigan Department of Corrections’ (MDOC) efforts to comply with the requirement to deliver medical services are not effective. That is the conclusion drawn in an audit report issued in March 2008 by Michigan’s Office of the Auditor General. That conclusion comes as no surprise to ...

Investors in Montana Prison Left Holding the Bag as New Prison Sits Empty

By David M. Reutter

With the expansion of the prison industrialization complex in recent decades, many communities have turned to prisons as a means to generate economic activity.
Considering the success of other small, rural areas in this endeavor, it comes as no surprise that the citizens of Hardin, Montana ...

Idaho: Prison Doctor’s Treatment Fell Below Standard of Care

by David M. Reutter

The Idaho State Board of Medicine’s Prelitigation Screening Panel found that a prisoner at the CCA-operated Idaho Correctional Center had “borne his burden of proving by a preponderance of the evidence that Dr. [Stephen] Garrett did not comply with the standard of care in failing to ...

Merger Creates Largest Private Prison Medical Provider in U.S.

On March 3, 2011, American Service Group, Inc. (ASG) and Valitás Health Services, Inc. (VHS) announced a planned merger of the two companies that would create the largest contractor for healthcare services in prisons and jails in the United States.

Under the deal, VHS will acquire ASG for $26 per ...

California Prisoners Still Forced to Drink Arsenic-Laced Water

by David M. Reutter

Prisoners at California’s Kern Valley State Prison in Delano are being slowly poisoned through their drinking water. The “state of the art” facility opened at a cost of $379 million in 2005; the water problem was discovered within weeks of the prison’s opening, but years later ...

Provision in Florida Law Prohibits Compensation to Wrongfully Convicted

by David M. Reutter

A “clean hands” provision in a Florida law designed to compensate wrongfully convicted prisoners is preventing most of those prisoners from receiving compensation. Of 13 men cleared by DNA evidence in Florida, only one has qualified for compensation while two eventually received payments through legislative claim ...

Ohio Prison Industry Cranks Out Crappy Toilet Paper

by David M. Reutter

The foray by Ohio Penal Industries (OPI), a branch of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, into manufacturing toilet paper has turned out to be a crappy deal for taxpayers.

OPI creates a wide variety of products at 24 manufacturing sites in 16 prisons. The ...

Insider Trading Charges Against Private Prison Consultant Rejected

by David M. Reutter

A Florida federal district court has rejected insider trading charges brought against a consultant for Correctional Services Corporation (CSC). The civil complaint, filed in September 2008 by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), charged Dr. Zachariah P. Zachariah, his brother Dr. Mamen P. Zachariah, and his ...

Louisiana Attorney Permanently Disbarred but Not Criminally Charged for Pimping Child to Jail Prisoners

by David M. Reutter

An attorney’s failure to respect the authority of the Louisiana Supreme Court, “as well as his use of his position as an attorney to obtain sexual gratification at the expense of his client’s interests,” has resulted in permanent disbarment.

The January 19, 2011 order to strike ...