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the inmates have taken over the asylum

The people least capable of running a group or organization are now in charge. Said especially when the result is total chaos or calamity. With the primary schools giving their young students complete control over the curriculum, it seems as though the inmates have taken over the asylum. After the recent election, a new wave of political extremists have taken power in Congress. It looks like the inmates have taken over the asylum.
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the inmates are running the asylum

The people least capable of running a group or organization are now in charge. Said especially when the result is total chaos or calamity. With the primary schools giving their young students complete control over the curriculum, it seems as though the inmates are running the asylum. After the recent election, a new wave of political extremists have taken power in Congress. It looks like the inmates are now running the asylum.
See also: asylum, inmate, running
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In 2011--12, an estimated 10 percent of all prison inmates and 5 percent of jail inmates said they had spent 30 days or longer in restrictive housing in the past 12 months, or since arrival if less than a year.
For others, their security level is an obstacle, because high-security inmates cannot get clearance for school.
InnerChange employees, authority to control the spiritual, emotional, and physical lives of hundreds of Iowa inmates.
Correctional facilities house a disproportionate number of HIV-infected inmates (1) and are a setting for unprotected sexual intercourse (2).
Many qualified inmates at USDB take advantage of the many treatment and vocational programs available.
This number represented approximately two-thirds of all inmates freed from custody that year.
In February 1999, the Sacramento Sheriffs Department settled a class-action lawsuit alleging numerous acts of torture, including mock executions, where guards strapped inmates into a restraint chair, coveted their faces with masks, and told the inmates they were about to be electrocuted.
When the smoke and rear gas cleared, 29 inmates and 10 prison guards had been killed, all, according to autopsy reports, by gunshot wounds inflicted by th e National Guardsmen.
Unfortunately, TransCor and CCA haven't made it clear how the abuse of inmates affects stock prices.
The institution housed nearly one hundred inmates within a year and over two hundred by the 1720's, as well as over twenty employees.
Tragically, among these 1,450,000 inmates are the parents of 2.
The number of adults incarcerated in federal and state facilities in 1970 was 196,429; in 1980 was 315,974; in 1988 was 581,609; and as of December of 1991 there were 751,806 inmates in state facilities; 71,608 in federal facilities; and 422,609 in local, city, and county facilities (National Update, 1992).
The more than 70,000 inmates under CCA's care (in 19 states and the District of Columbia) and the company's 16,000 employees will be aware of and participating in the plan.
Authorities credit the drop to new policies that segregate inmates and a new inmate classification and assignment system.
A select group of inmates at central Iowa's Newton Correctional Facility has been learning some controversial things lately.