Prison operator that lost juvenile contract had other complaints

Staff Report
The Associated Press

DALLAS (AP) - The corrections company that lost its contract for running a juvenile prison in West Texas has had problems at other prisons in the state.

The state closed the Coke County Juvenile Center last week and canceled its contract with G-E-O Group Incorporated, which had operated the prison since 1994.

Officials cited an ombudsman's report that described conditions including dirty bed sheets, feces-smeared cells and insects in the food. The center's 200 inmates were moved to other facilities.  

G-E-O spokesman Pablo Paez wasn't available for comment. In an earlier interview, he told the Morning News the company strives to provide quality services at its facilities.
In a report Sunday, The Dallas Morning News said G-E-O has encountered problems at other facilities it runs in Texas.
 
 They include:
 
 -- An Idaho inmate at the Dickens County prison in northwest Texas slashed his throat after being held for three months in a cold, moldy solitary cell with bloodstained bedding, according to court records.
 
 -- G-E-O settled a wrongful death case brought by the family of a female inmate at the Val Verde County facility. Plaintiffs alleged the inmate committed suicide after being raped and denied psychiatric care, according to court records.
 
 -- A jury ruled Wackenhut Corrections Corp., which became GEO, destroyed evidence of an inmate's beating death at a Willacy County facility and returned a $47.5 million verdict against the company.