Dawson State Jail
Grassroots Leadership and our allies are celebrating today as the Texas Department of Crim
As a woman and a mother I value celebrations of women’s work, our social and political achievements, and contributions to society. Too often the inclusion of women’s voices, their roles in shaping history and building the world that we live in has been erased. [node:read-more:link]
Last month we were nauseated by Corrections Corporation of America’s “celebration” of Black History Month. In a message from CCA President and CEO Damon Hininger, citing Dr. King’s legacy and the second inauguration of President Obama, the company touted themselves as one that values progress, equality, and diversity. Dr. Niaz Kasravi, Director of the NAACP Criminal Justice Program, in response to Hininger’s message stated, “we believe that there is nothing to celebrate about an industry that has built a fortune on the incarceration of people of color”.
This month CCA is at it again with their commemoration of Women’s History Month – “celebrating women’s contributions to history and society”. A few days ago, the country’s oldest and largest private prison corporation posted an article on their website that oozed with pride for their female CCA employees who “continue to make history and challenge old ideas by advancing in corrections”.
The article cites two female CCA employees who have ascended to leadership roles within the company, in addition to two women who serve on the CCA board of directors. The women are lauded for “challenging stereotypes” and the “unique contributions” they bring to the workplace. Twice women are quoted expressing their gratitude to men who have mentored them and helped them to succeed… a view that seems to support old ideas rather than challenge them.[node:read-more:link]
Welcome to The Hump Day Hall of Shame: Every Wednesday we highlight the private prison industry’s influence on public policy through campaign contributions, lobbying, and the revolving door of public and private corrections.
At Dawson, however, far too many people have entered what are supposed to be six-month to two-year stints, and have died inside the prison of medically treatable conditions.[node:read-more:link]