Thursday, February 2, 2012

The Truth Hurts Their Bottom Line

Another quick link here to update you on the case Prison Legal News is currently litigating against CCA in Tennessee.  For now the third time, CCA has appealed a court ruling ordering it to release records regarding legal complaints filed against the company.  Tennessee is one of only two states (the other being Florida) in which private prison companies are forced to comply with public records requests, as they are legally seen as government agencies in those jurisdictions.  But CCA has been fighting this order tooth and nail, because they don't want the public to be informed of the litany of legal complaints filed against them for all the abuse prisoners suffer in their facilities.  This battle is especially relevant in Tennessee, where an analysis from last year found that private prisons in the state have a higher incident rate than state-run facilities.

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