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(CNN)With five prison guards on his back, Michael Sabbie takes a blast of pepper spray point-blank to the face. Guards then frog-march him to a nurse for a 40-second exam, take him to a shower, where he collapses, then toss him in an isolation cell.
'I can't breathe'
A treatable condition?
'Shocked and appalled'
Who to sue?
Are all private prisons the same?
But private firms are cheaper, yes?
LaSalle Corrections took over Bi-State Jail in 2013 after undercutting the bid of the previous operator by $17 per prisoner per day. Here's how that compares with what the feds and the state of Texas pay:
Federal inmates: $83.89 per prisoner/day
Texas inmates: $50.79 per prisoner/day
Bi-State Jail: $39.25 per prisoner/day