designed and managed as hospitals, not prisons. However, having worked in a huge facility of this
sort-- maybe the largest one in the nation-- during the 1960s, all I can say for the place where I
worked is barf. It was an utterly disgusting warehouse of human refuse. Maybe it was worse
than our jails as the "patients" had no expectation of ever leaving and IMO were viewed as
mere objects to be minimally cared for-- and that meant lousy food, poor hospital clothing, some
sleeping on mattresses on the floor due to overcrowding; and that was the pediatric ward.
I was told (don't know if it is true) that many of the young people were sentenced to the hospital instead
of jail (what they deserved) because the judges thought they were doing them a favor. They weren't.
The adults were simply drugged into a stupor.
I was terrified every day I went to work that I would somehow get locked in and disappear Argentine style. (I was too young an naive to be terrified of the patients.)
If that place still existed they could close GITMO.