Friday, August 7, 2009

CCA Continues to have a bad week

A former CCA prisoner continues to be victorious over CCA. Many of you are familiar with Alex Friedmann, the associate editor of the monthly publication Prison Legal News. Mr. Friedman previously ran a very impressive media campaign that successfully blocked former President Bush's nomination of Gustavus A. Puryear from a lifetime appointment to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. Puryear had previously joined CCA as the firms general counsel in January 2001. While at CCA, Purveyor had also been a Commissioner on the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission (Sadly I think all of my blogs readers know how good CCA's statistics on Prison Rape are). During his time on the CCA's payroll Mr. Puryear was also a member of an elitist country club that was alleged to be excluding certain minority groups from membership. The full story can be found here.

Today's victory against CCA goes back to when Mr. Friedman had sent a letter to CCA in April 2007 asking for information on settlements, judgments and complaints against the company. CCA had refused to turn over the information, claiming it wasn't subject to the open records law. Today the Tennessee Court of Appeals has ruled that private prison company Corrections Corporation of America is subject to Tennessee's open records law. The full story can be found here.