Mother Jones report Shane Bauer was so frustrated by the secrecy inside America’s multibillion dollar private prison system, he decided to become an insider.
For four months, he worked as a guard at the Winn Correctional Center in Louisiana, run by the Corrections Corporation of America – the country’s second largest private prison company. Remarkably, he was able to record inside the prison, recording audio with a pen and filming with his watch
The result is a remarkable investigation running to over 35,000 words, in which Shane depicts a brutal and chaotic dystopia, where guards are encouraged to enact sadistic impulses, stabbings are an almost everyday occurrence, and prisoners are denied medical treatment. And that’s only the beginning.
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