TN Court Says Private Prison Corp. Must Open Records


Prisons run by Nashville-based Corrections Corporation of America perform a government function and must follow public records laws, the Tennessee Court of Appeals. The case was an appeal of a county-level ruling last year that the corporation was the functional equivalent of government and that its administrators must turn over all records requested by prison reform advocate Alex Friedmann, reports the Tennessean.

Friedmann, associate editor of Prison Legal News, sued for access to several types of records, including CCA’s government contracts, legal settlements and cases where CCA was sanctioned or fined. CCA operates 60 facilities worldwide.

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