Do you know CCA?
For many Tennesseans, the letters “CCA” don’t mean much –just another local company that pops up in the news from time to time. But with contracts to run over 60 correctional facilities in 21 states, including 6 in Tennessee, Nashville-based Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) is the country’s largest and oldest private prison company.
CCA has gotten contracts across the country by promising to run prisons better, safer, and cheaper, but over and over they have failed to deliver—and we pay the price.
ACLU-TN’s “Who is CCA?” campaign exposes CCA’s business tactics and egregious track record, including an ongoing FBI criminal investigation for falsifying thousands of hours of staffing records, a history of human rights abuses, and a pattern of profiteering and political maneuvering.
Numerous religious groups have condemned prison privatization and several major companies have pledged to divest tens of millions of dollars from private prison corporations.
The “Who Is CCA?” campaign’s focal point is an online resource center housing an infographic, statistical information, a video, a policy report, a petition urging the state of Tennessee to end CCA contracts, blog posts and other resources.
It’s time for the people of Tennessee to know where their tax dollars are going. CCA has repeatedly broken its promise to run prisons better and cheaper because in the end its duty is to the shareholders, not the taxpayers. It’s time that we stopped paying the price for CCA’s broken promises.
April 15, 2014: ACLU-TN Launches “Who Is CCA?” Campaign; Initiative Exposes Private Prison Corporation’s Financial Stake in Mass Incarceration, Mismanagement of Facilities
April 4, 2014: ACLU-TN Successfully Defends Student's Right to Read Bible at School
April 3, 2014:ACLU-TN Urges Governor to Veto “Religious Viewpoints Anti-Discrimination Act”