The Chronicle of Higher Education
August 3rd, 2015
Sixty miles northeast of Nashville, in a
tree-lined valley dotted with grazing cows and idyllic old barns,
there’s a 108-acre, $140-million construction site that conjures up
visions of an Eastern Bloc gulag.
Christened the Trousdale Correctional Facility in the spring of 2014,
and set to open in early 2016, the emerging 485,741-square-foot
medium-security structure already looks like a prefabricated, one-star
hotel for the doomed. Its high, dead-gray walls are designed to house
2,552 prisoners, who will be managed by the Corrections Corporation of
America, which, based in Nashville, is the largest publicly traded
private prison company in the United States.