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PLN's public records suit against CCA mentioned in "Nashville at law"

Nashville Post, Jan. 1, 2008.
PLN's public records suit against CCA mentioned in "Nashville at law" - Nashville Post 2008

Nashville at law: 27 May 2008


Alex Friedmann v. Corrections Corp. of America. Filed May 19.

Friedmann's one-man campaign against the private-prison industry in general and Nashville-based CCA in particular has been going on ever since he was held at a CCA facility in the 1990s, doing 20 years for armed robbery and attempted murder. Now on the outside, as associate editor of Prison Legal News, Friedmann seeks to establish that the Tennessee Public Records Act applies to the records of a private company carrying out a state contract.

He asked CCA for access to information about damages and settlements paid out by the company, as well as governmental audits showing its non-compliance with contract standards. He also wants copies of all contracts between CCA and the state.

Plaintiff's attorneys: Andrew C. Clarke and Scott A. Kramer of Borod & Kramer PLC in Memphis, with Andy L. Allman of Kelly, Kelly & Allman in Hendersonville. Appended to the complaint is a letter from Joseph F. Welborn III of Walker, Tipps & Malone in Nashville that spells out the legal positions behind CCA's refusal to show the requested documents to Friedmann.

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