Effort to Force America’s Largest For-Profit Prison Corporation to Publish Records on Sexual Abuse

Righting the record on prison rape

One lone shareholder is on a crusade to force America’s largest private prison corporation to publish records on sexual abuse

By Sadhbh Walshe | March 1, 2012 | The Guardian UK

Alex Friedmann, the associate editor of the monthly magazine Prison Legal News, once served six years at a private prison run by the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the country’s largest for-profit prison company. Friedmann now owns 191 shares of CCA stock, just enough to allow him to introduce a stockholder resolution.

His recent proposal that the CCA’s board of directors (pdf) provide biannual reports to their stockholders about the company’s efforts to reduce incidents of rape and sexual abuse in their facilities was greeted with outright horror by the CCA, which immediately wrote to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) asking to be allowed to omit the proposal from their proxy materials. Continue reading

NM ex-inmates awarded more than $3M in rape case

Via KRQE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – A jury has awarded millions of dollars in damages to three women inmates who were raped by a guard New Mexico prison for women.

The decision came down Thursday when the federal jury ordered $3 million after hearing more than a week of testimony involving a 2007 case at the Camino Nuevo Women’s Correctional Facility. Continue reading

Inmate rape resolution to be shared over objections of private prison giant

Inmate rape resolution to be shared over objections of private prison giant

By Alan Prendergast | Feb. 17 2012 | Westword
A former prisoner, now a shareholder in the country’s largest for-profit prison operator, has won a battle with company management over his campaign to hold the Corrections Corporation of America accountable for reducing sexual abuse at its facilities. The Securities and Exchange Commission has ruled that the shareholder resolution, calling attention to the issue of prison rape, can be included in proxy materials sent to CCA investors in advance of the company’s annual meeting. Continue reading