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Media Roundtable: Shane Bauer on the history of America's private prison industry


On this edition of Your Call’s Media Roundtable, Mother Jones’ award winning investigative reporter Shane Bauer joins us to discuss his new book American Prison: A Reporter's Undercover Journey Into the Business of Punishment.  

For four months, he worked as a prison guard at Corrections Corporation of America's Winn Correctional Center in Louisiana. In 2017, the company ran more than 80 facilities, from state prisons and jails to residential reentry facilities and federal immigration detention centers.


Shane Bauer, award winning senior reporter for Mother Jones and author of American Prison: A Reporter's Undercover Journey Into the Business of Punishment

Web Resources:

Shane Bauer

Mother Jones: Today It Locks Up Immigrants. But CoreCivic’s Roots Lie in the Brutal Past of America’s Prisons.

The NY Times: For Private Prisons, Detaining Immigrants Is Big Business

The NY Times: The Dickensian Conditions of Life in a For-Profit Lockup