Article: My four months as a private prison guard

In 2016, Shane Bauer with Mother Jones spent four months working as a correctional officer at Winn Correctional Center in Winnfield, Louisiana. The long months of working in a facility operated by the nation’s largest for-profit prison services provider, Corrections Corporation of America (now known as CoreCivic), resulted in a fantastic article on the deficiencies in private prisons. In the article, Bauer recounts the ease of getting hired, the corruption of some of the officers, and the tolerance of inmate drug use. He discusses several disturbing incidents, including prisoners ogling a female officer and an inmate washing his clothes in his cell toilet. Read “My four months as a private prison guard.”

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