Last week Grassroots Leadership joined people from around the country in Nashville, TN to protest outside of Corrections Corporation of America's annual shareholder meeting where, this year, the for-profit prison company was "celebrating" their 30th anniversary. Among the protestors was long-time Grassroots Leadership ally Alex Friedmann who is a former prisoner and current President of the Private Corrections Institute (PCI). Alex spent six years in a CCA-operated prison and since his incarceration he has dedicated his life to criticizing the private, for-profit prison industry. To that end, he became a CCA shareholder in order to engage in shareholder activism. Alex owns enough shares in the company to attend shareholder meetings and to advance shareholder resolutions; a tool that he has used to try and force the hand of the company to acknowledge and address its record of abuse, neglect and mismanagment.
AUSTIN – In a lawsuit filed today, the Texas Civil Rights Project and Prison Legal News allege Corrections Corporation of America is covering up the deaths of seven people at the Dawson State Jail while denying hundreds of women access to medical care. TCRP and PLN are suing CCA, a Tennessee profit-making corporation for illegally withholding evidence of past and current wrongdoing.
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Private prison company Corrections Corporation of America is spending 2013 commemorating its 30th anniversary with celebrations around the country. However, the 30th Anniversary of CCA and the modern for-profit private prison industry is nothing to celebrate. Please join the Public Safety and Justice Campaign, civil rights leaders, people of faith, criminal justice reform groups, and immigrant rights organizations as we collectively say it's time to end, not celebrate, the for-profit private prison and immigrant detention system in the United States. We are encouraging organizational and denominational leaders and their members to make short videos on why it's time to end for-profit incarceration.
It was another night behind bars in Texas.
JOIN US on the eve of International Women’s Day 2013 at a candlelight vigil honoring the lives of women who have died while incarcerated at Dawson State Jail in Dallas and to call on legislators to close this facility for good.
Austin, TX - A letter signed by 25 national and state-level criminal justice, civil liberties, policy, and faith organizations was delivered today to Texas lawmakers calling for the closure of Dawson State Jail in downtown Dallas. The state’s contract with Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the country’s oldest and largest for-profit private prison corporation, ends on August 31, 2013.
Join Diana and add your own video to tell CCA why 30 years of for-profit incarceration is nothing to celebrate. Here's how you can do it:
Rob shares his story about how private prisons impact his life in Vermont.
The East Mississippi Correctional Facility (EMCF) is supposed to take care of mentally ill prisoners, but there is little mental health care available. Many mentally ill prisoners are locked away in solitary confinement cells for a minimum of 23 hours per day for weeks, months and years. The man featured in this video was held in solitary and despite repeated requests for help was left in the cell until he hung himself. They live among rats, human waste and debris from fires lit to get the attention of officers in emergency situations.
So much gratitude to Naima and Climbing PoeTree for participating in this project. This excerpt is part of a much longer piece that shine a bring spotlight on the painful impact of mass incarceration on poor people of color, and the influential role that the for-profit incarceration industry plays in policy-making.
Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director of GALEO (Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials) comments on the use of for-profit prisons, including CCA, for the detention of undocumented immigrants.