"Private Prisons Don't Work"

For-profit facilities face a barrage of criticism--and overbuilding has cut into profits and hurt stock prices

In the spring of 1999 in western Tennessee, a convicted murderer serving a 220-year sentence scaled the wall of the privately run Mason Correctional Facility in broad daylight. He eluded search teams for six days. The incident alarmed nearby residents and whipped media coverage into a frenzy.

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