In August 2011, the ACLU of Georgia submitted comments to the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to ask that the agency not renew its contract with Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) for operation of the McRae Correctional Facility. McRae is located in Telfair County, Georgia. The prison is owned by CCA, which purchased it in 2000. McRae currently houses a population of low security, adult male, primarily non-citizen prisoners. The contract between CCA and the BOP is set to expire in November 2012. A troubling pattern of neglect and abuse is seen at McRae, which has a record of violations of constitutional and BOP standards governing the medical treatment of prisoners. The lack of medical treatment for prisoners at McRae, as demonstrated by letters received from the prisoners by the ACLU of Georgia, is in violation of the 8th Amendment. McRae also has a record of abusive disciplinary practices that violate BOP standards. As the ACLU of Georgia has pointed out to BOP, should the BOP renew its contract with CCA, it will demonstrate the agency's condoning of CCA's failure to live up to its contractual and social obligations.
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