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Lawsuit Over Videotaping At Wilmer Drug Facility

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DALLAS (AP) – A lawsuit has been filed against a company that formerly managed a Dallas-area drug treatment facility and allegedly videotaped 36 female residents without their written permission.

The Dallas Morning News reports, for its Monday editions, that the DVDs were distributed as promotional material for Cornell Companies Inc.

The lawsuit, filed last week, says residents were told that the January 2009 videotape would only be seen by judges who sent the women to the Dallas County Judicial Treatment Center in Wilmer.

The lawsuit says the DVD was instead used to raise money for the program and obtain contracts for other treatment facilities.

Cornell merged with GEO Group last August. The treatment center has been managed by Phoenix House since December 2009.

GEO Group spokesman Pablo E. Paez declined comment.

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