After James was cuffed and put in a police cruiser, two officers left their body cameras on.
The video shows a SORT member scrolling through the images on James’ camera.
In a message to its shareholders, the company gave no hint of any problems at Winn; it only said the prison wasn’t making enough money. Robert Scott is still suing over his amputated legs.
La Salle Corrections, a Louisiana-based company, took over in September. I still don’t know what most of them were in for, but I was shocked to find out that Corner Store was in for armed robbery and forcible rape.
We go back to the apartment, hurriedly throw everything in plastic bags, and leave. Ironically, the investigation narrowed in on the item that, in my mind, had symbolized my transformation from an observer into a real prison guard: the cellphone I had confiscated in Ash.
“I got called like four or five times for that one phone from corporate,” Miss Lawson said.
“It was like they were insinuating that you brought the phone in or there was some information in the phone.
They weren’t interested in the details of my résumé. James is later taken in leg irons into a room for questioning. “They were scared to death of who you were,” she told me.The image was a shot of a laptop screen on which a video of me was playing.I recognized the footage immediately: James had filmed it on the afternoon before he was arrested.When I call Winn Correctional Center in Winnfield, Louisiana, the HR lady who answers is chipper and has a smoky Southern voice. I know it’s not a lot of money, but they say you can go from a CO to a warden in just seven years! We pick up James at a gas station at the edge of Winnfield and drive out of town. CCA’s corporate office sent people to Winn to open what she described as an “extensive” investigation on me.“I should tell you upfront that the job only pays an hour, but the prison is in the middle of a national forest. ” “I like fishing.” “Well, there is plenty of fishing, and people around here like to hunt squirrels. The CEO of the company started out as a CO”—a corrections officer. Not only does Louisiana have the highest incarceration rate in the world—more than 800 prisoners per 100,000 residents—but Winn is the oldest privately operated medium-security prison in the country. The next morning, as I get coffee in the hotel lobby, I see a SORT officer standing outside in a black uniform, flex-cuffs hanging from his belt. We exit through a side door, and as I pull my truck out I see another man I recognize from the prison. They gathered “everything that had your name on it,” Miss Lawson said.