Thursday, February 27, 2020

Prison Sued After 17 Inmates at George W. Hill Correctional Facility Had to Urinate in SHARED Milk Cartons

17 inmates at George W. Hill Correctional Facility were forced to urinate in milk cartons they shared in a single-cell due to severe overcrowding. What’s more, prison officials are accused of stuffing the large group of inmates in a two-person cell for 9 days without working toilets or running water! All but two of the inmates slept on the floor.

The explosive allegations are contained in a lawsuit filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The lawsuit names GEO Group, former prison superintendent John A. Reilly, warden Lee Tatum and the facility’s medical unit as defendants. The suit seeks $18,000.00 in damages.

The merciless prison is owned by Community Education Centers, which was acquired by The GEO Group – a Florida-based company that specializes in privatized corrections, detention, and mental health treatment.

42-year-old Rasheen Rivers of Philadelphia filed the lawsuit on Jan. 3. He was incarcerated for charges relating to drug possession, according to court dockets.

“I was forced to sleep on the floor without a bathroom during [the] intake process for 9 days. No shower!” the explosive lawsuit obtained by Your Content reads. “[The] door was shut for hours without supervision.”

Rivers alleges medical personnel issued him a bottom bunk due to a recent surgery. He was ultimately assigned to a top bunk by prison staff despite repeated warnings from doctors.

“During classification, Michael Moore approved me to a 3 man cell after medical approved a bottom bunk pass. I was forced to sleep on the top bunk,” the lawsuit reads. “I fell off the bunk while sleeping and injured my right arm that re-injured my previous surgical injury.”

“Warden Lee Tatum was written a complaint on the matter but was not able to respond due to other issues,” Rivers claims in the lawsuit. “Medical staff then took away the button bunk pass and forced me to sleep on the floor!”

Your Content was first to report that the overcrowded conditions at the private prison led to the sexual assault of a female inmate sometime in mid-December after guards were told to bring female and male inmates together briefly when they reached an overwhelming number of inmates.

“I was forced to urinate in milk cartons with 17 other inmates in the same holding cell,” the lawsuit reads. 

“I received a spider bite on [my] lip from sleeping on the floor. I got sick from other inmates who had contagious diseases during overcrowding in the intake unit and received therapeutic cream for my skin, but the condition is worsening.”

Despite the alleged sexual assault, bodythirsty executives continue to overcrowd the facility, according to sources close to the situation.

“If the allegations are authentic, we’re talking about massive jail time – long prison sentences! Everyone here has been keeping up with what’s transpiring at our Pennsylvania facility.”

Internally, the alleged failures to follow protocol are blamed on corporate failure for understaffing and overworked employees

“The GEO Group dropped the ball on what transpired that horrifying week,” a Delaware County correctional officer from who spoke under the condition of anonymity previously told Your Content, referring to the Christmas catastrophe that rocked the private prison. “They must follow some crazy corporate mathematical equation where a Sergeant is the equivalent to six guards; Lieutenant to nine; and Captain to twelve. So, with one of each, and six officers, they believe they have the manpower of 33 – when they actually have nine – who they treat like garbage.”

The fanatical execs behind the for-profit private prison are accused of being engaged in a sordid Nixon-style corruption operation to cover up the scope of their liability at George W. Hill Correctional Facility.

“GEO was under the false belief that the decision making would remain in the hands of certain individuals in DelCo,” a GEO Group employee previously told Your Content. “Well, on Nov. 6 they realized that the naysayers were wrong.”

27-year-old Fatima Muse, who was imprisoned for a probation violation as a result of a summary offense, has died while in custody at George W. Hill Correctional Facility following an incident on Christmas.
📸: PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER/JOSE F. MORENO

Reilly, a staunch Republican, stepped down in Nov. 2019 following a bombshell investigation released by The Philadelphia Inquirer, outlining a pattern of alleged racism swept under the carpet behind the fortified prison walls

Delaware County’s newly-elected county council revealed a plan to evict the hard-nosed private prison company from the community and regain control of George W. Hill Correctional Facility.

“People are dying in that prison. It’s not just an issue of deprivatizing the prison, there’s lives at stake right now.”

17 inmates from George W. Hill Correctional Facility were forced to urinate in shared milk cartons, lawsuit again GEO Group says
📸: UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA


OVERCROWDED CONDITIONS DEPRIVED MY SAFETY AND WELFARE.

– Rasheen Rivers v. GEO Group et al
17 inmates from George W. Hill Correctional Facility were forced to urinate in shared milk cartons, lawsuit again GEO Group says
📸: UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA


I RECEIVED A SPIDER BITE ON MY SLIP FROM SLEEPING ON THE FLOOR.

– Rasheen Rivers v. GEO Group et al
17 inmates from George W. Hill Correctional Facility were forced to urinate in shared milk cartons, lawsuit again GEO Group says
📸: UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA


I WAS FORCED TO SLEEP ON THE FLOOR WITHOUT A BATHROOM DURING THE INTAKE PROCESS FOR 9 DAYS.

– Rasheen Rivers v. GEO Group et al
17 inmates from George W. Hill Correctional Facility were forced to urinate in shared milk cartons, lawsuit again GEO Group says
📸: UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA

The GEO Group did not respond to repeated requests for comment. The last two weeks have witnessed a series of troubling allegations from prison inmates and former staff who long held their tongues for fear of retribution of their career, or retaliation. But the conditions became too harsh for them to remain silent. Among those revelations: 


This is an ongoing investigative special. Stay with yc.news for the latest updates. Have a story or news tip? Contact our 24/7 newsroom at 833.336.8013 or e-mail our tip line: [email protected]

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Jonathan Riches is a Chief Investigative Correspondent & Justice Editor for Your Content. He is best known for his writings about prison reform and culture, including the social media scandal dubbed the ‘Feeling Cute Challenge’ — which ended with a widespread dismissal of prison guards throughout the United States.
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