The large Kevlar tents that make up the facility were described in a 2014 report by the American Civil Liberties Union as not “only foul, cramped and depressing, but also overcrowded.”
The report said that inmates reported that their medical concerns were often ignored by staff and that corners were often cut when it came to health care.
Brian McGiverin, a prisoners’ rights attorney with the Texas Civil Rights Project, said that he was not surprised inadequate medical care could ignite a riot. He said medical care is grossly underfunded in prisons, especially in ones run by private contractors.
Oh silly reporter, the violence started long before the inmates expressed unhappiness with medical services. It all started about 500 years ago…
Posted: 02/21/2015 5:23 pm EST