FAU's Football Stadium Sponsored by Prison

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Florida Atlantic University has finally sold the naming rights to its football stadium.

FAU and the GEO Group are set to finalize a deal on Tuesday to let the company have the naming rights.

The GEO Group, which was founded by George Zoley, who received his bachelor's and master's at FAU and is a member of the Board of Trustees at the school, is one of the world's largest operators of detention centers, prisons, and correctional facilities.

FAU has been working on securing naming rights since before the Owls opened their 30,000-seat football stadium on October 15, 2011.

Now, the Board of Trustees is expected to make it official with an announcement. The deal is believed to be valued around $5 million.

The GEO Group, which is headquartered in Boca, was established in 1984 and operates correctional facilities, including maximum-, medium- and minimal-security prisons such as the South Bay Correctional Facility as well as U.S. state and federal prisons and detention centers for illegal immigrants in North America. It also operates facilities in Australia, Africa, and Europe.

Also, GEO has been investigated in the past for running sloppy facilities.

One report says federal inspectors found too few guards on duty at one particular facility. The place had broken cell locks, and there were reports of guards being stabbed, bitten, punched, and kicked by inmates, with GEO doing very little about it all.

This was just one of a plethora of complaints and investigations into the GEO Group.

So, there's that.


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KennyPowersII topcommenter

Why don't they change the players uniform colors to prison jump suit orange. Money grubbing Bastards. 

Maybe they can add a course titled CIA Rendition 101.

KennyPowersII topcommenter

As an alum of FAU, I am thoroughly disgusted by this transaction. They will never get another fucking penny from me with their constant nagging athletic department fund raising campaigns.

How is that free speech denial thing going with the professor who made headlines with the Sandy Hook event? Have they fired Professor James Tracy yet for all the wrong reasons? 

FAU is an acronym for  F'ing Abysmal University. I just took my diplomas off of my office wall in protest.

fire.ant topcommenter

This is unfuckingbelievable. And a test of character of the FAU faculty, students and alumni. Failure to protest will mark them as moral cretins.

fire.ant topcommenter

A full scale prisoner uprising occurred on April 24, 2007 at the Geo Group-operated New Castle Correctional Facility in Indiana. The Fort Wayne News-Sentinel reported that "Authorities were investigating whether the six-hour fracas that involved about 500 offenders started Tuesday afternoon because some of the newly arrived prisoners from Arizona were upset about their treatment at the medium-security men’s prison."

Between 2005 and 2009, at least eight people had died at the Geo Group-operated George W. Hill Correctional Facility in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, the state's only privately run jail. Several of those deaths resulted in lawsuits by family members who say the facility did not provide adequate medical care or proper supervision for offenders. On December 31, 2008, Geo pulled out of operations at this facility, "citing underperformance and frequent litigations" as the reasons.

In 2008, Sandy Morgan, a schizophrenic woman who suffered from a thyroid condition died at the Delaware County jail where she had been held for six weeks. Family members said she did not receive her medication during her incarceration.

On April 25, 2008, Kenneth Keith Kallenbach died from cystic fibrosis, an inherited chronic disease after being denied his medication. He had been housed at the jail since mid-March. Kallenbach's mother, Fay, said her son called her a week before his death, asking her to intervene and help him receive better treatment.

An inmate in 2008 claimed he was denied access to dental care for a cavity, and as a result it festered into an ulcer that burst open requiring three surgeries.

In November 2010 plaintiffs filed a federal lawsuit against the agencies that operate and own the Walnut Grove Youth Correctional Facility, saying that the prison authorities allowed abuses and negligence to occur at the facility.The lawsuit states that prison guards engaged in sexual intercourse with the prisoners and smuggled illegal drugs into the facilities, and that prison authorities denied education and medical care. As of that month the prison has about 1,200 prisoners ages 13–22; the lawsuit says that half of the prisoners are incarcerated for nonviolent offenses.Weeks prior to the filing of the lawsuit, United States Department of Justice officials informed Governor of Mississippi Haley Barbour that the department had started an investigation concerning the prison. GEO settled the lawsuit in February 2012 and it was agreed to move the remaining youths from the prison to more suitable locations that conform to juvenile standards. Former Walnut Grove YCF warden and 8-term mayor, William Grady Sims, resigned and pleaded guilty to removing a female inmate to a motel for sex and pressuring her to lie about it. He faces up to 20 years in Federal prison. Sims also owned 18 vending machines inside the prison.

fire.ant topcommenter

GEO Group has been on the receiving end of a laundry list of regulatory actions and lawsuits. Among them:

  • In 2011, an Oklahoma jury ordered GEO to pay $6.5 million to the family of Ronald Sites, an inmate who was strangled to death by his cellmate in 2005.
  • In 2011, Florida Department of Corrections investigators visited GEO Group’s prison in South Bay for a drug sweep and couldn’t get in. No one was stationed at the front gate, and no one responded when state employees pushed the alert button and shined flashlights at the prison surveillance cameras.
  • Also last year, the Florida Department of Children and Families said GEO Group’s neglect contributed to the death of a South Florida State Hospital patient. The man was being escorted by GEO Group employees to an appointment at Jackson Memorial Hospital when he hurled himself from the eighth story of a parking garage, the Miami Herald reported. A GEO Group employee should have stayed with the man at the first-story hospital entrance while the driver retrieved the van, DCF said.
  • In 2010, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued GEO Group for allowing sexual harassment of female employees at two prisons in Florence, Ariz. In one incident, a male GEO Group manager “grabbed and pinched the breasts and crotch of a female correctional officer,” the EEOC said. In another instance, a “female employee was forced onto a desk, where a male GEO employee shoved apart her legs and kissed her,” the agency claimed.
  • In 2009, a Texas appeals court upheld a $42.5 million verdict after a prisoner at a GEO Group facility was beaten to death four days before his release.

icculus17 topcommenter

seriously, even though Florida has one of the worst school-to-prisons pipelines in the country?  This couldn't smell more of US v THEM.  This was the best alum FAU could find?  Football and Prison, a match made in Florida.


@KennyPowersII Is it wrong that mine is still in the FedEx envelop they sent it in 4 years ago? Whoopsie.

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