Private prison giant subject to open records law

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A magazine that advocates for the rights of prisoners has won another round in the legal battle with private prison giant Corrections Corporation of America.

The Tennessee Supreme Court has declined to hear CCA's appeal of a lower court's ruling that it must turn over some documents on lawsuits and complaints against the company.

Alex Friedmann, a former prisoner who is now an editor at Prison Legal News, asked for the information in 2007 and sued Nashville-based CCA after the company refused to turn it over.

The Tennessee Court of Appeals ruled last year that CCA must comply with the state's open records law because it performs the equivalent function of a government agency by running state prisons. The ruling only applies to Tennessee prisons, not federal prisons or facilities in other states that the company runs.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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