My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard: A Mother Jones Investigation
Why I chose this piece: Shane Bauer goes undercover to find out how the private prison industry is run. His courage and professionalism are first rate. This is journalism at its best.
Quick Summary: Horrifying. For example, since Corrections Corp of America has to pay prisoner medical bills, they prevent sick people from getting the care they need. The lawsuits they settle are likely less expensive than medical care. Anyone who labors under the delusion that for-profit American prisons are more progressive or humane than a medieval dungeon should have a read.
People who profit at the suffering of others are reprehensible. To find out which politicians accept contributions from Corrections Corp of American, see Follow the Money. Politicians who take this money are unprincipled and have no business being elected to government offices.
Also read this report from UVM “Campaign Contributions from Corrections Corporation of America”