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Iron Bars Do Not a Prison Make (for Nazis)

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COMMENT: In recent posts, we have exam­ined indi­ca­tions of col­lu­sion between cor­rec­tions offi­cers [4]in the Unit­ed States and neo-Naz­i/white suprema­cist prison gangs. We have also high­light­ed col­lu­sion between Ger­man intel­li­gence and neo-Nazi net­works [5] in that coun­try.

Two recent sto­ries sup­ple­ment that research, indi­cat­ing yet again that there are omi­nous par­al­lels between the rela­tion­ship join­ing the “author­i­ties” and the Nazi/white suprema­cist “under­world” in both coun­tries.

Inmates in one of the grow­ing num­ber of for-prof­it cor­po­rate pris­ons have charged that an appar­ent neo-Nazi prison gang has been giv­en author­i­ty to super­vise that prison, to an extent.

In Ger­many, neo-Nazis in pris­ons there have effec­tive­ly net­worked, spark­ing spec­u­la­tion that Ger­man offi­cial­dom may be col­lud­ing with the inmates.

“Inmates Claim Pri­vate Prison Fal­si­fies Staffing Lev­els” [AP]; The Spokesman-Review; 1/22/2013. [6]

EXCERPT: Attor­neys for inmates at Ida­ho’s largest pri­vate prison say Cor­rec­tions Cor­po­ra­tion of Amer­i­ca is fal­si­fy­ing staff logs to hide chron­ic under­staffing.

The alle­ga­tion was raised Fri­day in an amend­ed law­suit filed in Boise’s U.S. Dis­trict Court.

Attor­neys for the Nashville, Tenn.-based CCA have not yet respond­ed to the amend­ed law­suit in court, and CCA spokesman Steve Owen said he could­n’t dis­cuss details of the lit­i­ga­tion. . . .

. . . . The new law­suit was filed in Novem­ber by a group of inmates who con­tend CCA is work­ing with a few pow­er­ful prison gangs to con­trol the facil­i­ty south of Boise and cut back on staffing. The attor­ney for the inmates, T.J. Angst­man, cit­ed an inves­tiga­tive report from the Ida­ho Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tion that sug­gest­ed gangs like the Aryan Knights and the Severe­ly Vio­lent Crim­i­nals were able to wrest con­trol from staff mem­bers after prison offi­cials began hous­ing mem­bers of the same gangs togeth­er in some cell­blocks to reduce vio­lent clash­es. . . .

“Neo-Nazis Orga­niz­ing in Pris­ons in Ger­many” by Melis­sa Eddy; The New York Times; 4/11/2013. [7]

EXCERPT: They called them­selves the A.D. Jail Crew and sought to band togeth­er “broth­ers and sis­ters” in pris­ons across Ger­many to “defend loy­al­ty, com­rade­ship and the ‘old’ val­ues.” Their aim, accord­ing to an adver­tise­ment found by the author­i­ties who broke up the net­work, was to pro­vide sup­port for neo-Nazis serv­ing time behind bars.

Three pris­on­ers in the state of Hesse are sus­pect­ed by pros­e­cu­tors in Frank­furt of form­ing a crim­i­nal orga­ni­za­tion and try­ing to recon­sti­tute a banned orga­ni­za­tion, and the author­i­ties widened their search on Thurs­day to include penal insti­tu­tions across the coun­try.

Details about the A.D. Jail Crew emerged days before the tri­al of the sole sur­vivor of a trio of neo-Nazis who called them­selves the Nation­al Social­ist Under­ground opens in Munich. The author­i­ties in Hesse said the name of the sus­pect, Beate Zschäpe, was includ­ed on a list of pris­on­ers who were con­tact­ed by those try­ing to set up the far-right orga­ni­za­tion.

Ms. Zschäpe is charged with play­ing a role in the killings of eight men of Turk­ish back­ground, one Greek man and a police­woman in a crime ram­page that set off soul-search­ing in a coun­try that has tak­en great pains over the years to pub­licly account for the crimes of its past.

Embar­rassed over their fail­ure to detect the Nation­al Social­ist Under­ground soon­er, the Ger­man police and intel­li­gence agen­cies pledged last year to redou­ble their efforts to crack down on the far right. But the exis­tence of the prison group and its efforts to orga­nize behind bars raised ques­tions about the seri­ous­ness of that com­mit­ment. . . .