DOJ To Snuff Out Private For-Profit Prisons

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  1. Marijuana News Hound

    Marijuana News Hound Administrator

    Friday, August 19, 2016


    The subtext of Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, who yesterday announced the Department of Justice would no longer use private prisons to house federal inmates, is that for-profit prisons are a total failure.

    Preaching to the deaf, dumb, and blind, Ms. Yates explained in a letter to the DOJ, “They simply do not provide the same level of correctional services, programs, and resources; they do not save substantially on costs; and as noted in a recent report by the Department’s Office of Inspector General, they do not maintain the same level of safety and security.”

    Exposed by a recent report, the Director of the ACLU's National Prison Project, David Fathi explained how this decision represents monumental progress within the DOJ. “For the last 35 years, the use of private prisons in this country has crept ever upward, and this is a startling and major reversal of that trend, and one that we hope will be followed by others.”

    The Washington Post
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  2. KeenHoney

    KeenHoney Member

    I think it would be a mistake to get rid of private prisons. Since when has the government been able to run anything better than the private sector? The private sector will always be able to run things more efficiently. The real question is, are they as good at rehabiliation?
  3. rajesh90

    rajesh90 New Member

    Another day, another reversal of a legacy Obama policy.

    Moments ago, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions reversed an Obama-era memo to phase out the use of private prisons, signalling his support for federal use of such facilities and advising that the Bureau of Prisons will "return to its previous approach to the use of private prisons."

    Sessions issued a new memo Thursday replacing one issued last August by Sally Yates, the deputy attorney general at the time, in which he said the Obama decision "impaired" the ability to meet the needs of the correctional system.

    That Yates memo told the Bureau of Prisons to begin reducing and ultimately end its use of privately run prisons. She said the facilities were less well run than those managed by the Bureau of Prisons, and were less necessary given declines in the overall prison population.

    But Sessions says in his memo Thursday that Yates' directive contradicted longstanding Justice Department policy and "impaired the Bureau's ability to meet the future needs of the federal correctional system."

    In light of Trump's aggressive push to round up as many as 11 million illegal aliens currently residing in the US, we can venture the reason behind this expansion of US incarceration facilities.

    Meanwhile, the market reaction was quick, with the private prison REITs jumping following the DOJ announcement. Among individual stocks, CoreCivic rose 2.9% post-market while GEO Group was up 0.7%.

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