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Mon Aug 6, 2018, 12:17 PM

Protesters Have Put CoreCivic's (Correction Corporation of America) Headquarters on 'Lockdown'

Early this morning, a group or protesters descended on CoreCivic's Green Hills headquarters and declared an occupation of the entrance to the private prison company's offices. Police are on the scene as of this writing, but the demonstrators say they're not going anywhere.

CoreCivic, the largest for-profit prison operator in the country — which changed its name from Correction Corporation of America last year, rebranding in an effort to refresh its public image — runs seven prisons in Tennessee and also has contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The company's Tennessee facilities have been repeatedly exposed as sites rife with understaffing, poor conditions and mistreatment of prisoners and visitors. For years, it has paid a squad of lobbyists to patrol Tennessee's state legislature and been a big donor to state politicians.

Jeannie Alexander of the No Exceptions Prison Collective, which advocates on behalf of and in collaboration with prisoners and their families, tells the Scene's Megan Seling that the group is protesting in solidarity with groups occupying ICE offices across the country.

“But what’s unique about Nashville is that we’re the only city in the United States that has the headquarters of CoreCivic," Alexander says. "ICE is their biggest customer. And the way the prison industrial complex continues to grow and [what makes] targeting immigrant families so much easier is that corporations like CoreCivic are building internment camps and they’re profiting off of it.”

Read more: https://www.nashvillescene.com/news/pith-in-the-wind/article/21016622/protesters-have-put-corecivics-headquarters-on-lockdown

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Mon Aug 6, 2018, 12:31 PM

1. Seven Prisons in a State the size of Tennessee?

 

Situated in the eastern south-central US, Tennessee ranks 34th in size among the 50 states.

Tennessee is about 440 miles long and 120 miles wide. Population is about 6.5 million (2017)

Ranks 34th out of 50 in size and it has 7 Prisons!

I recall when Jeff Sessions became AG, he stated America needed to "build more prisons".

Kudos to the brave protestors willing to do so to bring attention to this behemoth of for profit systems.


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