CoreCivic Fighting to Keep Documents Related to Inmate's Death Under Seal - Articles

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Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Jul 18, 2019
More than 18 months after Earl Johnson allegedly died from being beaten for a bag of coffee at Hardeman County Correctional Facility, his widow is suing prison corporation CoreCivic, claiming understaffing ultimately caused his death, the Jackson Sun reports. CoreCivic, however, is refusing to produce documents Carolyn Johnson's attorney says are relevant to the case. Amanda Gilchrist, a representative for CoreCivic, wrote in a statement that CoreCivic is "committed to transparency" but follows "standard legal practice" to "ensure that information that could compromise the safety and security of our facilities is not available publicly." Under an order issued on April 3, CoreCivic can restrict public access to documents pertaining to Earl Johnson's death, the operations of the prison system and information concerning prison safety.