Police arrested several protesters who blocked the entrance to prison operator CoreCivic's headquarters to âdefend families and demand an end to private prisons," WTVF-TV reported.
The demonstrators set up tents, replaced the Tennessee flag with a "No Borders" flag, and blocked multiple entrances early Monday morning, the station said. Nashville-based CoreCivic is one of the largest private prison companies in the nation, and it contracts with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
âCoreCivic is a human rights disaster in our own backyard,â protester Jeannie Alexander told WTVF in a statement.
No Exceptions Prison Collective, a group that wants to abolish private prisons, organized the protest.
The Migration Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., claims that thousands of illegal immigrants are incarcerated in private prison and that companies, such as CoreCivic, "reap sizable annual profits from detaining immigrants," according toÂ its website.
Protesters started blocking multiple entrances before employees arrived to work Monday morning.
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