Thomas W. Beasley is an American lawyer, political activist and businessman based in Tennessee. He served as the chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party. In 1983 he was a co-founder of the Corrections Corporation of America, a private prison management company.
I guarantee you Thomas Beasley is all in favor of killing this bill before it can even be brought to a vote. He is ONE OF THE FOUNDERS OF THE NATION’S LARGEST FOR-PROFIT PRIVATE PRISON CORPORATIONS; CorpCivic, formerly CORRECTIONS CORPORATION OF AMERICA.
They don’t want any bill to pass that would affect their percentage of occupancy. Disproportionately long prison sentences are their bread and butter. They have the money to grease the wheels in their favor.