"My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard" - Shane Bauer - Mother Jones

"My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard" - Shane Bauer - Mother Jones

by: Shane Bauer, James West | publication date: June 24, 2016 | Publication: Mother Jones | journal issue: July/August 2016 |

 "As a journalist, it's nearly impossible to get an unconstrained look inside our penal system. When prisons do let reporters in, it's usually for carefully managed tours and monitored interviews with inmates. Private prisons are especially secretive. Their records often aren't subject to public access laws; CCA has fought to defeat legislation that would make private prisons subject to the same disclosure rules as their pubic counterparts. And even if I could get uncensored information from private prison inmates, how would I verify their claims? I keep coming back to this question: Is there any other way to see what really happens inside a private prison?" 

Shane Bauer, with videography by James West, takes a job as a prison guard at the Winn Correctional Center in Winnfield, Louisana, run at the time (2014) by the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA). This is a five-part piece. National Magazine Award winner 2017.

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