NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (CN) – A man claims a corrupt private prison company, The GEO Group, bribed the government to get contracts and then abused inmates, including his father, who died at the Bill Clayton Detention Center in Littlefield, Texas, from “grossly inhumane treatment, abuse, neglect, illegal and malicious conditions of confinement.”
Daniel McCullough sued Texas-based GEO Group and its top executives, all of Florida, and the warden of the jail where his father, Randall, died on Aug. 18, 2008.
In his complaint in Comal County Court, Daniel McCullough says his father “was found dead after supposedly being monitored by GEO and its personnel.”
The complaint states: “McCullough’s death was caused by specific breaches of duty by the Defendants … who engaged in grossly inhumane treatment, abuse, neglect, illegal conditions of confinement, and subsequent coverup of wrongdoings.” McCullough claims that “GEO and its personnel were found to have fabricated evidence, including practicing ‘pencil whipping,’ a policy and practice of GEO to destroy and fabricate log books and other relevant evidence.”
He claims that GEO and its officers “personally engage in efforts to illegally influence public officials in Austin, Texas and in the Texas counties where the GEO prisons are located, including Laredo, Webb County, Texas. Their goal is to conceal, deflect, hide or exculpate themselves and their company from all forms of personal civil or criminal liability, censure, detriment, or punishment in order to procure and continue their lucrative contracts at the expense of the inmates’ and their families’ suffering. They and their company, GEO, engage in a pattern and practice of abuse, neglect, public corruption, and cover up.”
McCullough claims that GEO and its officers “have a history of illegally neglecting, manipulating, and abusing inmates, and then covering up their wrongful and illegal conduct.”
He claims these abuses include “making illegal payments to governmental entities in exchange for contracts and permits; … destruction of evidence and lying to state investigators; and misrepresentations to state and governmental entities regarding conditions inside their facilities.”
He seeks damages of $595 million – GEO’s net worth – for gross negligence, breach of duty, wrongful death, and pain and suffering. He is represented by Ronald Rodriguez of Laredo.