GBI finally released video of prisoners being beaten with hammers by guards
2010 prisoner strikes
instead of working for free for things like
call centers and building weapons.
pled guilty in 2012
to conspiracy, assault with injury, and coverup.
But GBI mysteriously hasn’t been able to identify
the guard seen in this video beating handcuffed prisoner Kelvin Stevenson
with a hammer.
At the beginning of this video, you hear a prison guard shouting,
“”Get down! Just get down! Get down! Get down!”
presumably to the other prisoners. That exclamation is followed by,
“Oh (inaudible) guy over there with his hands hitting him …
and a damn hammer!”
When you call a company or government agency for help, there’s a
good chance the person on the other end of the line is a prison
The federal government calls it “the best-kept secret in
outsourcing” — providing inmates to staff call centers and
other services in both the private and public sectors.
The U.S. government, through a 75-year-old program called Federal
Prison Industries, makes about $750 million a year providing prison
labor, federal records show. The great majority of those contracts
are with other federal agencies for services as diverse as laundry,
construction, data conversion and manufacture of emergency
But the program also markets itself to businesses under a different
name, Unicor, providing commercial market and product-related
services. Unicor made about $10 million from “other agencies and
customers” in the first six months of fiscal year 2011 (the most
recent period for which official figures are available), according
to an msnbc.com analysis of its sales records.
The Justice Department and the U.S. Bureau of Prisons don’t