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Investigative Journalist Aims To Expose Ills Of Privately Run Prisons

American Prison is the remarkable story of a journalist who spent four months working as a corrections officer — and a horrifying exposé of how prisoners are treated by a profiting corporation.
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Americans like to think of our country as the land of the free — but that's not the case for everyone: More than 2 million Americans are in jails or prisons in the U.S.

It can be tough to know what goes on behind prison walls — and private corrections companies are especially reluctant to open up to outsiders. So journalist Shane Bauer, a reporter for magazine, decided the only way to find out what life inside a private prison was like was to is both the remarkable story of a journalist who spent four months working as a corrections officer, and a horrifying exposé of how prisoners were treated by a corporation that profited from them.

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