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Resource ID: #26090
Source:Prison Legal News (PLN)
This article describes the culmination of five years of litigation by our publication's managing editor against Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the nation's largest for-profit prison company. Although CCA provides services exclusively reserved to government agencies (i.e. the incarceration of criminal offenders), and is paid with public taxpayer funds through government contracts, the company refused to comply with our request for records filed under Tennessee's public records law. Thus, PLN's managing editor, Alex Friedmann, filed suit against CCA in 2008. The company fought tenaciously in court, arguing that as a private entity it was not subject to the public records law. After two trips to the TN Court of Appeals, the deposition of CCA's general counsel and a denial of review by the TN Supreme Court, Friedmann achieved victory in 2013 and established new case law requiring CCA to comply with public records requests because it is the functional equivalent of a government agency.