Disclaimer I do not know whether to put spoilers or not, because it would really ruin the readability (I put some up for the biggest events of the last season)... However this question concerns seasons 3 and 4 (which aired last week so be careful !!) of Orange is the New Black.
Somewhere during the events of season 3 (I cannot remember the exact episode), the Litchfield prison was "bought" (for a lack of better word on my side) by Management & Correction Corporation (MCC), a big corporation which specializes in running and managing prisons in place of the Federal Department of Corrections (FDC) -- in exchange of payment for the care of the inmates.
Still during season 3, we see some changes, for both inmates and correctional officers (CO) : new work assignments for inmates (including a work as sewer for a out-of-universe fake in-universe real lingerie de luxe company), change of hours of the COs, and, of course, the food, which goes from cooked to sous-vide. These are major changes, but we also see minor changes.
We also see many reunions Caputo attends at MCC, and the corporation is definitely painted as evil and non-friendly ever since they came into the show.
Now, in season 4 stop reading if you did not watch it yet, the corporation acts like the inmates' health and rights really do not matter to them, and they are only interested in the $10.000 paid for each inmate by the FDC. All over the season we see problems escalating, turning Litchfield from a peaceful (I guess ?) prison with its rivalries between some inmates, to
an actual revolution at the climax of the season finale, where anger primes, because of the obvious incompetence demonstrated by the newly hired COs.
The mismanagement of the facility even brought major spoiler for penultimate episode
the death of an inmate during a peaceful protest, which was an accident but happened because of the lack of training from the COs.
So, I was wondering, as a non-American citizen unaware of federal and national legislature in the USA, isn't the corporation breaking, like, a lot of laws regarding safety and regulations, like hiring unqualified people to supervise felons ? In Europe, where I do not think private-run prisons are a thing, the corporation would most likely have broken a lot of laws...
I also understand the writers of the show clearly want us to take some kind of pity towards the inmates (and, at some point, the obviously unprepared COs), to have us think prisoners are people (I mean, they are), and the corporation is bad, capitalism will ruin us etc., which maybe shows there is not a real continuity with all the judiciary system in-universe.
Any kind of answer which could point out any (in)accuracy about this case, or if you know other examples of corporations (in real life) which can apply here, is gladly encouraged !