Originally written on The Victory Formation  |  Last updated 2/25/13
It was a week ago that FAU awarded naming rights to the GEO group for $6 million over the next 12 years. We told you that the group is head by alum and board member named George Zoley. GEO privatize and run prisons, with the majority of them located in Florida. It seems that this hasn’t met the approval of some, based upon past allegations of abuse. But protestors say they’re against the deal because of the prison group’s history with abuse investigations. According to a 2011 article by NPR, the GEO Group was under investigation by the Department of Justice for keeping juvenile inmates in “barbaric and unconstitutional conditions.” “When we began investigating conditions inside this facility and seeing how these kids were living with the beat downs and the sexual abuse and violence and corruption, it became a no-brainer. It became something we had to do,” said Sheila Bedi, the lead attorney on the case and deputy legal director for the SPLC. In that report, former inmates claimed that members of the correctional staff were gang-members: “A lot of times, the guards are in the same gang. If the inmates wanted something done, they got it. If they [...]
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