Ask Corrections Corp. of America to report on efforts to reduce prison rape!
  • Petitioned Corrections Corp. of America (CCA)

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CCA President
Corrections Corp. of America (CCA)
CCA Board Member
Thurgood Marshall, Jr.
CCA Secretary
Steve Groom

Ask Corrections Corp. of America to report on efforts to reduce prison rape!

    1. Petition by

      Alex Friedmann

      Antioch, TN

Prison rape and sexual abuse is a significant social and public policy issue, particularly in the private prison industry where companies operate correctional facilities for profit. CCA, the nation's largest private prison company, has a moral duty and obligation to take steps to reduce incidents of sexual assault at its facilities, and to make those efforts public.

To accomplish that goal, I have submitted a shareholder resolution that would require CCA to issue bi-annual reports on its efforts to reduce incidents of prisoner rape and sexual abuse at CCA-operated facilities. The reports would include statistical data for all such incidents that occur at CCA facilities during each reporting period, in order to identify problem facilities and to gauge the effectiveness of CCA's efforts to reduce sexual assaults.

CCA objected to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and tried to have the resolution excluded; however, the SEC ruled in my favor and the resolution will be heard at the company's next annual meeting on May 10, 2012 in Nashville, TN.

For some media coverage on this issue, including a great article in the Guardian, please check out:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2012/mar/01/shareholder-crusade-prison-rape

and

http://7d.blogs.com/blurt/2012/04/rape-inside-cca-prisons-brattleboro-advocate-brings-shareholder-measure-seeking-stats.html


Sadly, CCA's board of directors, including Thurgood Marshall, Jr., has recommended that stockholders vote AGAINST the resolution requiring CCA to report on its efforts to reduce prisoner rape and sexual abuse.

Organizations that have expressed support FOR the resolution include the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence, National Organization for Women, National Council of Women’s Organizations, Justice Fellowship, National Center for Transgender Equality, Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants (CURE), National Lawyers Guild, Detention Watch Network, Partnership for Safety and Justice, Justice Policy Institute and Enlace (an alliance of worker centers, unions and community organizations).

To read the shareholder resolution, please click here.

For a policy brief on rape and sexual abuse in private prisons, please click here.

For my formal statement in support of the resolution directed to CCA shareholders, please click here.

This petition is to ask CCA to withdraw its opposition to the shareholder resolution and to issue binnual reports on its efforts to reduce prisoner rape and sexual abuse, consistent with the resolution.

Thank you!

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    • Barbara Tomlinson SEATTLE, WA
      • over 2 years ago

      Privatizing prisons to MAKE MONEY for already-wealthy people with an "in" to government, has resulted in ENORMOUSLY INCREASED RATES OF INCARCERATION, ENORMOUSLY INCREASED VIOLENCE, ENORMOUSLY INCREASED MIS-TREATMENT OF PRISONERS, AND ENORMOUSLY INCREASED RAPE, ESPECIALLY AGAINST JUVENILES. Not to mention ENORMOUSLY INCREASED COST TO TAXPAYERS {these Private Prisons DO NOT "SAVE MONEY" AT ALL!!!}. Not to mention ENORMOUSLY INCREASED COSTS TO SOCIETY, when the traumatized prisoners and juveniles LEAVE the prisons and hit the streets again. That is, if they survive the bad food and next-to-no medical treatment -- any improvement in these would IMPACT THE BOTTOM LINE of those Corporations running the prisons -- like GEO, and Wells Fargo Bank! For them, it is all about paying out the LEAST in care, and thereby making the MAXIMUM in Fast and Easy Profit$$$$$$$$!

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    • Raymond Bilodeau WORCESTER, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      More transparency in public and private prison problems, especially rape and sexual abuse, is absolutely needed.

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    • Janice Soule VIRGINIA BEACH, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      Rape is a horrible degrading crime both inside and outside prisons. Sexual abuse of any kind should never be tolerated....

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    • connie huffman ESTER, AK
      • over 2 years ago

      rape is illegal: privatizing prisons for profit is immoral. it is human trafficking. it only begets more human trafficking.

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    • Therese Bangert KANSAS CITY, KS
      • over 2 years ago

      To make money on incarcerating human beings is immoral to me, especially incarcerating them with no accountability. Lord have mercy! God Bless Mr. Friedmann.

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