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Correctional Services Fraud

This archive displays posts tagged as relevant to fraud in the correctional services industry, also referred to as private prison fraud. You may also be interested in the following pages:

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Arizona Software Glitch Keeps Prisoners Incarcerated, Until the Whistleblowers Showed Up

Posted  03/5/21
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In a story straight out of a dystopian novel, a faulty computer system has kept Arizona prisoners locked up beyond their release date.  A government contractor, Business & Decision, North America, built a system that is supposed to calculate each person’s release date.  In exchange, the contractor received $24 million from the state.  The system, however, didn’t work, leaving hundreds of people behind bars who...

Constantine Cannon continues its commitment to ending abuses in private detention facilities

Posted  02/17/21
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This week, Constantine Cannon is proud to continue its representation as pro bono counsel to Immigrant Legal Resource Center, Human Rights Watch, and Freedom for Immigrants in supporting California’s efforts to end the use of private immigration detention facilities in the state.  Last spring, we filed a “friend of the court” brief for these same organizations in the district court in opposition to the Geo...

2020 Whistleblower of the Year Candidate – Dawn Wooten

Posted  01/5/21
barbed wired fence
Privately run immigration detention facilities have been a stain on our nation’s reputation for years now.  The refugees and other immigrants who are detained within their walls suffer family separation, inadequate medical care, lack of basic necessities, inedible food, psychological torture, and even death from easily treatable diseases due to flimsy infection controls.  The current pandemic crisis only amplifies...

For Garlic Powder They Got Maltodextrin

Posted  08/28/20
By Jessica T. Moore
The centuries-old yet enduring fraud of cheap-substitutions for quality foodstuffs reared its head during the U.S. Civil War when the government bought supplies from contractors: “For sugar, it often got sand; for coffee, rye; for leather, something no better than brown paper; for sound horses and mules, spavined beasts and dying donkeys; and for serviceable muskets and pistols, the experimental failures of sanguine...

Constantine Cannon Files Amicus Brief in Support of California’s Effort to Curb Private Prison Company Abuses

Posted  03/13/20
By Sarah “Poppy” Alexander
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Constantine Cannon is proud to represent three leading immigrants rights organizations, Human Rights Watch, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, and Freedom For Immigrants in filing a “friend of the court,” or amicus brief, in two cases related to California’s right to ban private prison companies.  Last year, California enacted AB 32, which barred private prison companies from operating within the state.  The...

Top Ten State Healthcare and Financial Fraud Recoveries of 2019

Posted  01/30/20
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Here at Constantine Cannon, our attorneys represent whistleblowers reporting a wide variety of healthcare fraud and financial fraud, including government contract fraud, unlawful kickbacks, tax evasion, and more. While such wrongful conduct often violates federal laws, state governments are also important enforcement authorities. For whistleblowers, state enforcement can offer additional opportunities.  New York,...

Continued Consolidation in Jail Healthcare Puts Everyone at Risk

Posted  09/19/19
By Sarah “Poppy” Alexander
Jails around the country are responsible for providing for the health and safety of approximately 612,000 people.  Many of these individuals suffer from debilitating conditions, including mental health crises, drug withdrawal, disabilities, and chronic health conditions.  As such, the consistent provision of health care is a critical part of the daily work of any jail. An increasing number of jails are deciding...

June 26, 2019

Arizona-based commercial debt collection company BARR Credit Services has agreed to pay $55,793 and start a compliance program to resolve its liability under the False Claims Act.  According to the government’s complaint, Barr Credit submitted false claims on behalf of a telemarketing firm called Scholars in Print, which allegedly sends unsolicited textbooks to schools and libraries and then invoices the unwilling recipients.  Barr Credit attempted to collect on these unpaid invoices from the Federal Bureau of Prisons despite knowing the debts were invalid.  USAO EDPA

Immigration Detention Facilities Continue to Pose Fraud Risks

Posted  05/9/19
By Sarah “Poppy” Alexander
Child Behind a Fence
Last summer, we wrote about the fraud risks inherent in the massive increase in government spending for immigration detention. Almost one year later, a child’s tragic death again calls attention to failures at the immigration facilities that maintain ever increasing government contracts. On April 30, 2019, a sixteen-year-old boy died at a Southwest Key facility in Brownsville, TX, two weeks after arriving in the...

January 24, 2019

Mississippi recovered $26.6 million in settlements with private prison and correctional services contractors including for-profit correctional facilities operators Management and Training Corporation ($5.2 million) and Cornell Companies, Inc., now part of GEO Group ($4.6 million), correctional healthcare provider Wexford Health Sources, Inc. ($4 million); commissary management company Keefe Commissary Network, LLC ($3.1 million), and construction company C. N. W. Construction Company ($3.1 million).  The state's lawsuits against the companies alleged that they used "consultants" as conduits to pay bribes and kickbacks to a commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, Christopher Epps.  MS
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