It’s almost unthinkable for a reporter to get an inside look at a prison. And, it’s almost just as impossible for most people to ever truly know what life is like in prison for guards and inmates. But, one journalist defied the unthinkable. He got a job on the inside as a prison guard, cracking the code of secrecy.
Working as a Prison Guard
There, he saw how much cost-cutting happens in penitentiaries, even when it causes safety concerns for both staff and prisoners. In the latest episode of Reveal, The man inside: Four months as a prison guard, subscribers are granted an inside-look into Winn Correctional Center and the multi-billion-dollar private prison business:
“Mother Jones reporter Shane Bauer gets a job as a guard at Winn Correctional Center in Winnfield, Louisiana. The prison is run by the private company Corrections Corporation of America, and over four months, he investigates how the prison is run. Shane buys a pen that doubles as an audio recorder and a watch that takes video. Shane makes it through training and ends up guarding suicide watch on day one of the job, documenting everything he can.”
The Man Inside: Four Months as a Prison Guard
Listen to the latest episode of Reveal, where a journalist gets a job as a prison guard, and reports on the conditions, treatment, etc… inside the prison itself.
How do you feel about what you’ve just heard? How do you think we can help to improve the conditions in private prisons in the US?