On this episode of Reveal, we take an unprecedented look inside the multibillion-dollar private prison industry.
We sit down with reporter Shane Bauer, who worked as a guard at a Louisiana private prison for four months, to talk about what life is like for people on both sides of the bars.
The family of a federal prisoner has filed a wrongful death lawsuit, alleging that private prison operators negligently left him in the care of underqualified medical workers who failed to respond properly to a medical emergency.
For years, journalists and advocates have raised questions about medical care inside private federal prisons for noncitizens. We tell the story of one medical disaster behind bars: the case of Nestor Garay.
This hour of Reveal investigates medical negligence in the private prison system for immigrants. We also expose the shift in criminal justice policy that helped fill up these prisons.
Ahead of our upcoming episode of Reveal, we collected some recent reporting and research for background on the rise of privatized prisons in the U.S.
The Bureau of Prisons has 11 facilities – operated by private corporations – that are used exclusively for noncitizens. But these contract prisons are bound by a less stringent set of rules, and an independent review suggests that inadequate medical care likely contributed to some inmate deaths.
Criminal justice reform is an increasingly bipartisan issue, and grassroots efforts to ban juvenile solitary confinement have been underway for years. But if President Barack Obama wants widespread change, he needs state and local correctional institutions to follow his lead.
Journalist Jason Rezaian has been imprisoned in Tehran, Iran, for more than 17 months. The Iranian authorities responsible need to know that many of us think about Rezaian and consider their actions cruel and unjust.
Gov. Jerry Brown signs a bill that protects prisoners in county jails, state prisons and other detention centers, after medical abuses were uncovered.