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PLN assoc. editor's CCA anti-prison rape resolution examined

Nashville Post, Jan. 1, 2012.
PLN assoc. editor's CCA anti-prison rape resolution examined - Nashville Post 2012

Nashville Post

Proxy wrap: CCA, Healthcare Realty

Gadfly resurfaces at prison manager; REIT’s board reacts to shareholder questions on stock ownership

Published April 3, 2012 by Geert De Lombaerde

He’s baaaack.

Prisoner rights advocate Alex Friedman is pushing Corrections Corp. of America to report twice a year on the amount of sexual abuse at its facilities, but the company says his agenda is tainted and that it is doing enough now to protect prisoners.

Friedman, a former inmate who spent six years at CCA facilities and now is an editor of Prison Legal News, has submitted a proposal for the company’s annual shareholders’ meeting in May. His proposal calls for CCA to chronicle the number of rapes and sexual abuses as well as its response to those incidents. Friedman notes, among other things, that both Kentucky and Hawaii officials have in recent years removed female prisoners from a CCA prison in Kentucky and that bad publicity from similar events in the future could cost the company both in the market and in court.

In response, CCA is calling on shareholders to deny Friedman’s request and writes that it takes a zero-tolerance approach to sexual abuse at its facilities and that it has publicly supported regulations proposed by the Department of Justice.

It also points out that Friedman actively agitates against the private prison sector and says it reached out to him with a compromise offer to give him an annual report on its sexual abuse prevention programs. Friedman turned down that offer.

[remainder of article is excluded, as it deals with another issue - PLN Staff].