US Reliance on Private Prisons Sparks Controversy

Alex Friedmann was once in favor of private prisons. He spent six years in a freshly built one in Tennessee from 1992 to 1998. He was serving time for armed robberies committed between the ages of 18 and 22. At South Central Corrections Facility in Clifton, Tennessee, things were run by the private corrections company CCA, which is now called CoreCivic.  “Things were shiny. They had soft drinks in the dining hall. It all looked pretty good,” he said. Before long, he noticed the...

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