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Special Segment (Crime in America) (Part IV) #542094

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Feb 28, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Frankfort, Kentucky) Alternatives to prison overcrowding examined; conditions in Kentucky county jails cited. [Inmate Frank CARNEY - describes situation.] [Jailer Calvin STEWART - thinks state ignores his requests for new facilities.] [Governor Martha Layne COLLINS - cites taxpayers' opposition to funding jail construction.] Kentucky's program to fund jail construction through fines on convictions described. [DUI defense William HUNTER - supports his fine.] Success so far of plan outlined. [Michigan Governor James BLANCHARD - supports Kentucky plan.] Role of private business in operating jails discussed; Corrections Corporation of America's operation of Chattanooga, Tennessee, facility cited as example [Corporation spokesperson Travis SNELLING - explains benefits of private sector's role.] Criticism of private operation of prisons outlined. [Former Minnesota prison dir Ken. SHONE - fears plan will encourage incrd. number inmates; explains.] [SNELLING - responds.] [INMATE - praises conditions after private company took over.]
REPORTER: Jim Cummins

Brokaw, Tom;
Cummins, Jim

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