In her recent article published in the Houston Chronicle,, Maria M. Ramos raises some valid concerns over the consequences of handing a public psychiatric hospital to the private company, GEO Care. Questions have been raised as to why GEO Care, a subsidiary of GEO Group, is the only company to solicit a bid for the hospital up to this point. GEO Group and its subsidiaries do not have a positive track record. The company has had problems in the past with patient care, state fines, and unsanitary and unsafe conditions. Here is an excerpt from the article citing specific violations by the GEO Group.
Last April, GEO contracts at three facilities ended in Mississippi, including at a youth facility that a federal judge described as having "allowed a cesspool of unconstitutional and inhuman acts and conditions to germinate." In July, the Associated Press reported three gruesome deaths, including that of a patient who died in a scalding bathtub, at GEO's South Florida State Hospital. Over the years, GEO has paid millions of dollars to satisfy lawsuits filed after the deaths of prisoners at its many facilities in various states.