A mysterious illness at a Del Rio detention center that has killed two inmates and hospitalized two others within the past month has baffled health authorities, who have asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for help.Huh ... do you suppose the Geo Group failed to mention that tidbit when the Idaho Corrections Chief visited? Or was that just part of the "pleasant surprise"? Here's something else I'll bet the Idaho Corrections director didn't advertise much when he went back home:
All four men — three of them foreign nationals from Honduras and Mexico held on immigration charges, the fourth a Val Verde county prisoner who was one of the dead — were described as in their 20s and 30s, and apparently healthy when they arrived at the Val Verde Correctional Facility and County Jail.
In March, Val Verde County and the Geo Group settled a lawsuit with the family of LeTisha Tapia, a 23-year-old federal inmate found hanged in her cell after reporting she'd been sexually assaulted in 2004. Last week, the Associated Press reported that under the terms of that settlement, the county had hired an independent monitor for the prison.I've gotta tell you, none of that sounds so pleasant to me. In fact, it sounds like the facility has experienced serious, recent problems and is only beginning to address them, and then only when they were forced to through a court settlement.
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