Cornell never should have built the prison at Hudson. It has experienced riots, breaches of security, the death of an inmate, inappropriate hiring of employees, untrained guards trying to control maximum security Alaska convicts and unreimbursed costs to the state of Colorado. The prison currently has 400 empty beds and it will lose its only contract in 2012.
The prison at Brush has had nothing but problems since it opened. The first two operators held juvenile prisoners from around the country. They were physically and sexually abused and committed suicide in response to the horrific conditions. The governor's plane was used to rescue its prisoners and return them to the midwest.
Then the prison was purchased by GRW corporation from Tennessee. It held women who were sexually abused by guards, one even convicted of having had sex with women from Wyoming, Hawai'i and Colorado. It hired felons as guards. The warden was convicted of the cover up of the abuse of prisoners.
Finally, the prison was purchased by Cornell Companies of Houston, Texas. This is a corporation notorious for its abuse of prisoners, such as at its New Morgan Academy in Pennsylvania, where 15 cases of sexual abuse and 16 cases of physical abuse were documented, abuse of juveniles by staff and especially the "goon squad" as they referred to themselves.
Cornell's juvenile prison in Canon City has experienced well over 100% annual staff turnover. The city police were called to the institution 192 times in 2006 alone. The pittance they pay in taxes don't begin to make up for amount of public services they consume.
Cornell has long been deeply involved in corruption, having given $44,500 to the bag man for the mayor of Richmond, VA, to site a prison, illegal corporate campaign contributions to Alaskan legislators and $10,000 more to indicted Representative Tom DeLay that was laundered for a redistricting coup in Texas to build a more Cornell-friendly state legislature and congressional delegation.
If the prison stays closed, the best one could say, is: "Good riddance." The best thing that could happen to northeast Colorado is for the Hudson prison to lose its Alaska contracts and to close as well. We don't need those low-paying, high turnover jobs, endless escapes, riots and brutalization that they've chronically fostered.