I'll keep it simple today. The title link goes to part 2 of NPR's outstanding expose on how the private prison industry helped draft, promote, and eventually pass SB1070, Arizona's "Breathing While Brown" law. This has garnered a tremendous amount of media buzz, to which I can offer little that hasn't been said. So I'll just provide you with a few links here to some of my favorite pieces of coverage surrounding this groundbreaking story.
Coverage of a hearing on private prisons in Tucson, AZ, that took place shortly after NPR's story dropped, including even more background on CCA's and ALEC's influence on the state legislature to promote harsh criminal sanctoins
7 Striking things to take away from NPR's story
A story from US Catholic that describes the immigration debate and the legislation. Though not surprising, it's nice to see the religious establishment come out against this sort of thing
An article that allows Russell Pearce to feebly try to refute the story and CCA's impact
Another article in which Mr. Pearce basically admits CCA had a heavy hand in drafting the legislation he later introduced as SB1070