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Save Raymondville from Private Prisons

Organized by: Avery Townsend

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I am writing to warn you about private prisons and to solicit your help in ending the practice. The original thought was private prisons were more cost effective, but the truth shows running a prison for profit leads to a number of moral and legal issues we should not be willing to ignore. Also, towns like Raymondville are duped into thinking these are profitable ventures, when in fact they're not sustainable at all. As a result, most of Raymondville is now jobless and struggling to make ends meet.

One problem is that private prisons' low level of training has led to jail violence. In a report by Mississippi journalists Margaret Newkirk and William Selway, The staff to prisoner ratio in Walnut Grove Youth Correctional Facility is estimated to be 1 to 120. During a riot causing multiple serious injuries, prison staff just sat and waited until the melee ended. The lack of well-trained staff does not only cause uncontrolled violence, but corruption as well. Guards in this prison were also reported to be smuggling in goods for inmates. This is just one example of many private prisons operating throughout our country.

I am writing to request donations to help promote more oversight of private prisons and to help the people of Raymondville. All proceeds will go toward organizations working to change the current system. We need your help!


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