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PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2015 6:54 pm 
Good reporting on Akal Security personnel at Miami's troubled Krome Detention Center.

Guards and Immigration Detainees Describe Widespread Abuse at Krome Processing Center
By Trevor Bach
Tuesday, August 18, 2015

...There was a reason Jones wanted to scrub the reports: Krome is a federal facility overseen by ICE, but its security is contracted out to private companies. At the time, Krome's contract was held by Doyon-Akal, a joint venture of two national firms — and there could be stiff financial penalties, even a risk of losing the companies' lucrative contract, if their guards had lost control of a detainee.

"They were demanding that we falsify documents," wrote the guard in his complaint letter, "in order to cover up the escape and avoid possible demotions, fines, and embarrassment."

...Many issues, both groups say, stem from ICE's privatization of the facility's security. Doyon and Akal, the companies in charge of Krome's security until last year, have been sued dozens of times in federal court over discrimination, negligence, and even wrongful-death claims; at Krome, ex-employees allege, company bosses operated on a system of favoritism and intimidation, leaving bad administrators in place while ignoring complaints of abuse.

...But the more recent problems — at least according to Booker and three other guards New Times spoke with — began in October 2008, when a new contract, for roughly $4 million a month, was awarded to a joint venture between Akal and Doyon, an Alaska-based corporation.

"That's when," says Booker, "a lot of corrupted stuff started going on."

...Even as detainees have complained of abuse by guards, multiple guards have also accused Doyon-Akal of mismanagement, discrimination, and forgery — all under the nose of the U.S. government. In complaints filed with the federal agency and in multiple lawsuits, they argue that Doyon-Akal reaped taxpayer-supported profits while abusing employees and bungling facility operations. "These guys absorb all [the government's] liability," says Abeijon. "Whatever happens happens."

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2015 7:06 pm 
Great find, thank you.

May the Realm of Justice come!

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