NPR issues correction clarifying that CCA did not write Arizona SB 1070.
Following an extensive internal investigation by its news department, NPR corrected two reports broadcast in 2010 that inaccurately reported a role by CCA in the drafting, lobbying and support for Arizona’s immigration enforcement law (SB1070). Those reports, cited by numerous media and privatization critics, have been the basis for an ongoing sequence of false allegations about CCA’s role in the development, lobbying and support for immigration laws. CCA has consistently and unequivocally refuted these allegations. We are pleased to see that NPR, the source of the original inaccuracies, has corrected them. Under longstanding company policy, CCA takes no role in the drafting, lobbying or support for immigration or crime/sentencing laws.
The first correction, which can be found at the top of the original report here, states:
As we reported, Arizona state Sen. Russell Pearce was the originator of the draft legislation that later became Arizona SB 1070. This story did not mean to suggest that the Corrections Corporation of America was the catalyst behind the law or that it took a corporate position in favor of the legislation.
In our 2010 broadcast piece we said: “Last December Arizona Sen. Russell Pearce sat in a hotel conference room with representatives from the Corrections Corporation of America and several dozen others. Together they drafted model legislation that was introduced into the Arizona Legislature two months later, almost word for word.”
Although CCA did have a representative at the ALEC meeting where model legislation similar to 1070 was drafted, we didn’t mean to suggest that CCA wrote the language.
NPR issued a second correction to a related report, which can be found at the top of that report here. That correction states as follows:
Laura Sullivan’s use of the phrase “an end run” in the second reference during the live broadcast was imprecise. She did not mean to suggest that CCA violated lobbying law.
Categories: Arizona Immigration Law