Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

The federal government routinely awards contracts to companies with histories of misconduct, including contract fraud and other violations. POGO believes that providing this website will help to improve contracting decisions and increase public knowledge of how the government spends billions of taxpayer dollars each year. Read more…

Meridian, MS Correctional Facility Safety and Health Violations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited The GEO Group with six safety and health violations at the East Mississippi Correctional Facility in Meridian, Mississippi, for exposing employees to workplace violence and failing to take adequate measures to reduce the risk of violence. OSHA proposed penalties totaling $104,100: $70,000 for a willful safety violation for failing to knowingly provide adequate staffing, fix malfunctioning cell door locks or provide required training to protect employees from incidents of violent behavior by inmates; a $16,500 repeat health violation for failing to conduct medical evaluations for workers required to wear respirators; and $17,600 for two serious health violations and one serious safety violation for failing to conduct a fit test for employees required to wear respirators, failing to have a written exposure control plan for employees exposed to blood-borne pathogens, and failing to complete a personal protective equipment hazard assessment. OSHA also cited one other-than-serious safety violation—for which no penalty was assessed—for failing to provide a written energy control procedure for workers exposed to electrical shock hazards. As part of a corporate-wide settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor in February 2014, the willful citation was reclassified as a serious violation and the fine was reduced to $13,600.

Misconduct Type
Enforcement Agency
Labor – OSHA
Contracting Party
Court Type
Date of Citations
Contractors Involved Penalty
GEO Group $13,600
Further Information Released
OSHA Press Release (Feb. 2014) 2/27/2014
OSHA Press Release (June 2012) 6/12/2012
OSHA Citations 6/11/2012

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database