Prisoner rights group pushes CCA over phone rates

The Human Rights Defense Center, a nonprofit advocating for prisoners' rights, is calling on Corrections Corp. of America to find ways to lower the phone rates inmates pay, even if it means giving up some of its revenues. The group has filed a resolution for next spring's shareholder meeting asking CCA, among other things, to put in place a policy saying it won't accept commissions from prison phone operators, noting that eight states have passed laws banning such payments.

In a short response, CCA officials said the company's board is still evaluating the shareholder proposals in front of it and will comment soon. But they did note that "inmate telephone services are not comparable with the landline and mobile telephone services available to members of the public" and that CCA is required to build in security features such as monitoring and recording.

Here's the resolution in full.