Federal Judges ordered all 52 Federal inmates (all individuals being held awaiting Federal trial) removed from Silverdale Jail, a private facility run by CoreCivic on behalf of Hamilton County, Tennessee and located in Chattanooga. All 52 individuals have been transferred by United States Marshals to two public jails located in Hamilton County that are actually run by county employees, not privately. The Federal Judges further ordered that no Federal inmates be placed in the Silverdale Jail for an indefinite period.
Federal Judges were concerned for the safety of Federal Inmates, as there are credible reports that gang activity has taken over much of Silverdale Jail, putting these detainees (who have NOT been convicted at this point) at serious risk of harm.
I am glad to see Federal Judges are not playing games with these private facilities. It was good that they moved quickly to remove Federal inmates from this substandard facility.
I am NOT advocating prison should be a cake walk, not by a long shot.
But non-violent, non-sexual prisoners should have an expectation that they will not be exposed to violent or sexual inmates.
The United States Bureau of Prisons does that by segregating prisoners by many factors. If your offense is non-violent or non-sexual, you will not be housed with violent or sexual offenders.
And if your a member of the Crips Gang, you are not going to be housed by yourself in a wing full of Bloods. They mix them up so that no one gang becomes ascendant and violent inmates at least know they have their fellow inmates watching their back.
And even among violent offenders, there must be segregation. The guy that committed a road rage assault shouldn’t be housed with career gang members.
An inmate should expect to survive their sentence without having a knife thrust in them.
If a private prison were to be paid on rate of recidivism vs. retaining prisoners? Being private enterprise, I guarantee if there were profit to be made? They would be teaching trades, following up on them and making damn sure the cost of doing so was less than a financial ding for being reincarcerated.