Bent County Correctional Facility: (Privately Owned)


Prison Population: 1,466

Notable Features/Incidents: Owned and operated by CoreCivic, a publicly traded private prison corporation. In 2016, inmate Dennis Choquette died by wrongful neglect, with prison health staff refusing to treat fatal complications related to his diabetes. Over the course of two years, Dennis’ right leg was rapidly disintegrating, leading to sepsis and heart failure. Wrongful neglect and preventable death are common results of the for-profit economization of prison. It is expensive to staff prisons with enough healthcare professionals, a problem now reproduced in for-profit immigrant detention centers

By Samuel Shaw