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Case Name Friedmann v. Corrections Corporation of America PC-TN-0013
Docket / Court 08-1105-I ( State Court )
State/Territory Tennessee
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Special Collection Prison Legal News
Case Summary
On May 19, 2008, Prison Legal News (PLN) filed a petition for access to public records and to obtain judicial review of denial of access in the Chancery Court for Davidson County, Tennessee. PLN claimed that the defendants, the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) had wrongfully denied them ... read more >
On May 19, 2008, Prison Legal News (PLN) filed a petition for access to public records and to obtain judicial review of denial of access in the Chancery Court for Davidson County, Tennessee. PLN claimed that the defendants, the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) had wrongfully denied them access to public records regarding the manner in which the defendants were running prisons in Tennessee, and that this refusal to produce the records violated the Tennessee public records laws. The defendants were a private entity that contracted with the State of Tennessee to run its prisons.

On July 29, 2008, the court (Judge Claudia Bonnyman) ruled that the defendants were the functional equivalent of a government agency, and therefore subject to the public records laws. The court ordered the defendants to make the records in question fully available to the plaintiff. The defendants indicated their intention of appealing the ruling.

This case is ongoing.

Kristen Sagar - 08/01/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Defendant-type
Corrections
General
Records Disclosure
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Non-government for profit
Causes of Action State law
Defendant(s) Corrections Corporation of America
Plaintiff Description Prison Legal News is a non-profit corporation that researches and publishes information for the public on the conditions of American jails and prisons.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration 2008 - n/a
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Yes
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Civil Rights Injunctions Over Time: A Case Study of Jail and Prison Court Orders
N.Y.U. Law Review
By: Margo Schlanger (Washington University)
Citation: 81 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 550 (2006)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ] [ External Link ]

  Judicial Policy Making and the Modern State: How the Courts Reformed America's Prisons
By: Malcolm M. Feeley & Edward Rubin (UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law & Vanderbilt School of Law Faculty)
Citation: (1998)
[ Detail ]

Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Petition for Access to Public Records and to Obtain Judicial Review of Denial of Access 05/19/2008
PC-TN-0013-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: Prison Legal News
Transcript of Proceedings [and order read by the judge] 07/29/2008
PC-TN-0013-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: Prison Legal News
Judges Bonnyman, Claudia (State Trial Court)
PC-TN-0013-0002
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Allman, Andrew L (Tennessee)
PC-TN-0013-0001
Clarke, Andrew C. (Tennessee)
PC-TN-0013-0001 | PC-TN-0013-0002
Kramer, Scott A. (Tennessee)
PC-TN-0013-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Callen, Jason (Tennessee)
PC-TN-0013-0002
Welborn, Joseph F III (Tennessee)
PC-TN-0013-0002
Other Lawyers None on record

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