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Dozens of demonstrators blockaded the Nashville headquarters of CoreCivic for more than eight hours Monday, starting just after dawn.

They set up tents, barricades and a massive tripod structure that rose two stories in the air outside the building in the Burton Hills office park south of Green Hills.

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Nashville’s Metro Council waded into the thorny political issue of private prison operations on Tuesday, ultimately deciding to oppose any city employee pension funds from being invested into for-profit prisons, including locally based CoreCivic.



The Tennessee Department of Correction is getting another year to show improvement. Officials voted to reauthorize the state agency for 12 more months after a scathing audit last month highlighted severe staffing and safety concerns at several private prisons.

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Tennessee lawmakers blasted the state Department of Correction at a meeting on Wednesday, the day after an audit found numerous violations in the state's prisons.



A state audit of the Department of Correction released on Tuesday highlights a number of issues plaguing prisons in Tennessee. The biggest issue is a shortage of correctional officers, which could put inmates and other prison staff at risk.

Corrections Corporation of America is rebranding, but officials say they're not abandoning the company's core business.

Despite heightened criticism of for-profit prison operators, leaders of the Nashville-based firm say they're as enthusiastic as ever.