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May 27, 2006 | By Todd Mason INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
GEO Group Inc. will continue to manage Delaware County's George W. Hill Correctional Facility through 2007, despite a rash of incidents there, including inmate deaths. The Board of Prison Inspectors this week voted to renew the firm's contract, raising its monthly fee by 10 percent to $3 million when the new 19-month pact begins June 1. The county has increased its 2006 jail budget by 30 percent to cover higher costs, due to the new contract and a growing number of local prisoners.
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January 31, 2008 | By Mark Fazlollah INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A team of lawyers with a record of winning class-action cases sued the Delaware County prison and others across the nation yesterday, charging that thousands of people were illegally strip-searched for minor offenses. The federal lawsuit was filed against the Geo Group Inc., a Florida company that runs Delaware County's prison as well as dozens of jails in 15 other states. The suit lists a single plaintiff: Stephen Dimitri Bussy, 53, a home health-care worker in Media who was strip-searched after a drunk-driving arrest last year.
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May 20, 2010 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A company that formerly operated the Delaware County Prison has settled a federal class-action lawsuit involving strip-searches of incoming inmates charged with minor crimes. The $2.9 million settlement awards up to $400 each to about 10,000 inmates at six GEO Group facilities. Prisoners at the Delaware County facility, now operated by Community Education Centers of West Caldwell, N.J., who were strip-searched between Jan. 30, 2006, and Jan. 30, 2008, may be eligible for settlement awards.
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May 20, 2010 | By Mari A. Schaefer INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A company that formerly operated the Delaware County Prison has settled a federal class-action lawsuit involving strip-searches of incoming inmates charged with minor crimes. The $2.9 million settlement awards up to $400 each to about 10,000 inmates at six GEO Group facilities. Prisoners at the Delaware County facility, now operated by Community Education Centers of West Caldwell, N.J., who were strip-searched between Jan. 30, 2006, and Jan. 30, 2008, may be eligible for settlement awards.
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May 19, 2010 | By Mari A. Schaefer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A company that formerly operated the Delaware County Prison has settled a federal class-action lawsuit involving strip-searches of incoming inmates charged with minor crimes. The $2.9 million settlement awards up to $400 each to approximately 10,000 inmates at six GEO Group facilities. Prisoners at Delaware County facility, which is now operated by Community Education Centers, based in West Caldwell, N.J., who were stripped-searched between Jan. 30, 2006, and Jan. 30, 2008, may be eligible for settlement awards.
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April 29, 2008 | By Joelle Farrell and Mark Fazlollah INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
An autopsy will be performed tomorrow on Kenneth Keith Kallenbach, a 39-year-old comedian who died Thursday after contracting pneumonia at the Delaware County jail, where he was awaiting trial. Since 2005, at least eight people have died at the George W. Hill Correctional Facility, the state's only privately run jail. Several of those deaths resulted in lawsuits by family members who say the facility did not provide adequate medical care or proper supervision for inmates. Kallenbach suffered from cystic fibrosis, an inherited chronic disease.
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February 3, 2006 | By Tina Moore INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Colwyn man who was imprisoned for 44 days last year after Delaware County jail officials refused to check his repeated, and true, claim that they had the wrong person has netted a cash settlement, court records show. James J. Johnson, 28, filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging that correctional officers missed opportunities to verify his identity and threatened to charge him with additional crimes if he did not stop claiming that he was not Shawn Carter, the name on the arrest warrant used to jail him. Shawn Carter is also the real name of rap artist Jay-Z and a common alias in prison, a search of prison aliases on the state Department of Corrections Web site shows.
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August 30, 2008 | By Joelle Farrell INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The company that has run the Delaware County jail since 1996 announced yesterday that it would terminate its $38 million contract with the county at the end of the year. GEO Group Inc., which operates 66 correctional and residential treatment facilities throughout the world, cited financial underperformance and frequent litigation as its reasons for pulling out of its sole county jail contract, for the George W. Hill Correctional Facility. The company intends to focus on state and federal institutions.
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October 20, 2005 | By Tina Moore INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Paul Sullivan thought a stint in county lockup might finally free his son, Brian, from the grip of a heroin addiction. He was wrong. Brian Sullivan - in jail for failing to attend a court-ordered drug treatment program after a DUI arrest - died in Delaware County's troubled George W. Hill Correctional Facility on April 15 from a heroin overdose, a medical examiner's report shows. It was the second time in six months that Sullivan had overdosed on heroin while in the county prison, despite his parents' pleas with prison officials to help their son fight his addiction.
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July 19, 2008 | By Mari A. Schaefer INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The comedian Kenneth Keith Kallenbach died of complications from cystic fibrosis, according to an autopsy report released yesterday by the Delaware County medical examiner. Kallenbach, 39, was best known as a member of the "Wack Pack" on Howard Stern's radio show. He suffered from the inherited disease and died April 24 at Riddle Memorial Hospital after being transferred from the George W. Hill Correctional Facility in Thornbury, where he had been held since mid-March. After an autopsy in April, the medical examiner said further investigation was needed to determine the cause of death.
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August 27, 2010 | By WILLIAM BENDER, benderw@phillynews.com 215-854-5255
The privately run George W. Hill Correctional Facility has been struggling this summer with what you might call a prisoner-retention problem. Delaware County authorities discovered this month that two inmates had been mistakenly released from the prison due to clerical errors. Neither has been heard from since. It's the fifth time that this has happened in recent months, according to a county official. The prison, operated by New Jersey-based Community Education Centers for $43 million a year, made headlines in June when accused killer Taaqi Brown walked out because of a records snafu.
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May 20, 2010 | By Mari A. Schaefer INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A company that formerly operated the Delaware County Prison has settled a federal class-action lawsuit involving strip-searches of incoming inmates charged with minor crimes. The $2.9 million settlement awards up to $400 each to about 10,000 inmates at six GEO Group facilities. Prisoners at the Delaware County facility, now operated by Community Education Centers of West Caldwell, N.J., who were strip-searched between Jan. 30, 2006, and Jan. 30, 2008, may be eligible for settlement awards.
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May 20, 2010 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A company that formerly operated the Delaware County Prison has settled a federal class-action lawsuit involving strip-searches of incoming inmates charged with minor crimes. The $2.9 million settlement awards up to $400 each to about 10,000 inmates at six GEO Group facilities. Prisoners at the Delaware County facility, now operated by Community Education Centers of West Caldwell, N.J., who were strip-searched between Jan. 30, 2006, and Jan. 30, 2008, may be eligible for settlement awards.
NEWS
May 19, 2010 | By Mari A. Schaefer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A company that formerly operated the Delaware County Prison has settled a federal class-action lawsuit involving strip-searches of incoming inmates charged with minor crimes. The $2.9 million settlement awards up to $400 each to approximately 10,000 inmates at six GEO Group facilities. Prisoners at Delaware County facility, which is now operated by Community Education Centers, based in West Caldwell, N.J., who were stripped-searched between Jan. 30, 2006, and Jan. 30, 2008, may be eligible for settlement awards.
NEWS
December 18, 2008
Keep silver lining In your editorial "Raise the gas tax" yesterday, you call the lower cost of gasoline the "silver lining in the recession. " So why then would you want to take it away by raising the price? The federal government is giving away hundreds of billions of dollars to failed financial institutions - and soon, possibly, to American automakers - while failing to earmark any of that money to companies that are in the business of developing alternative-fuel vehicles. It is clearly not a question of funding, but one of priorities.
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October 22, 2008 | By Joelle Farrell INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A nurse who cared for Cassandra "Sandy" Morgan at the Delaware County jail told jurors in a federal courtroom yesterday that she wanted to do more for her but was limited by the law. "I just wanted her so badly to go to psychiatric hospital," Maureen Hoffman, a nurse at the George W. Hill Correctional Facility, testified at the civil trial. But each time Hoffman spoke with the jail staff psychologist, she said, he reminded her: "We can't. Nobody is going to take her. " Morgan, 38, of Aston, died after she suffered a seizure at the jail on March 25, 2006.
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August 30, 2008 | By Joelle Farrell INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The company that has run the Delaware County jail since 1996 announced yesterday that it would terminate its $38 million contract with the county at the end of the year. GEO Group Inc., which operates 66 correctional and residential treatment facilities throughout the world, cited financial underperformance and frequent litigation as its reasons for pulling out of its sole county jail contract, for the George W. Hill Correctional Facility. The company intends to focus on state and federal institutions.
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July 19, 2008 | By Mari A. Schaefer INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The comedian Kenneth Keith Kallenbach died of complications from cystic fibrosis, according to an autopsy report released yesterday by the Delaware County medical examiner. Kallenbach, 39, was best known as a member of the "Wack Pack" on Howard Stern's radio show. He suffered from the inherited disease and died April 24 at Riddle Memorial Hospital after being transferred from the George W. Hill Correctional Facility in Thornbury, where he had been held since mid-March. After an autopsy in April, the medical examiner said further investigation was needed to determine the cause of death.
NEWS
May 2, 2008
Too many inmates are dying at Delaware County's jail. Since 2005, at least eight inmates have died at the George W. Hill Correctional Facility in Thornton, the only privately run jail in Pennsylvania. The latest fatality is Kenneth Kallenbach, 39, who died April 24 after contracting pneumonia at the lockup. He had been held there awaiting trial since mid-March. Last year, a woman died at the jail after being held there for six weeks. She suffered from a thyroid condition; her family said she was not receiving her medication.
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April 29, 2008 | By Joelle Farrell and Mark Fazlollah INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
An autopsy will be performed tomorrow on Kenneth Keith Kallenbach, a 39-year-old comedian who died Thursday after contracting pneumonia at the Delaware County jail, where he was awaiting trial. Since 2005, at least eight people have died at the George W. Hill Correctional Facility, the state's only privately run jail. Several of those deaths resulted in lawsuits by family members who say the facility did not provide adequate medical care or proper supervision for inmates. Kallenbach suffered from cystic fibrosis, an inherited chronic disease.
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