Breaking News: The Department of Justice is Axing Private Prisons' Contracts (Updated 8-19-16)
Date:  08-18-2016

Prison reform advocates say that the people affected will be placed in federal prisons that have their own problems
(Updated August 19, 2016) Some prison reform advocates are questioning the end result of ending private prison contacts because 62 percent of immigrant detainees are held in private jails. Read Truthout's article on the pushback to the DOJ’s decision here.

For almost six years Reentry Central has been posting articles on the many problems associated with private prisons. Now comes news that the U.S. Department of justice is “reducing — and ultimately ending — our use of privately operated prisons.” Several states have had similar problems, including safety issues. It remains to be seen if states will follow the DOJ’s lead in ending contracts with private prisons.

From The Washington Post's breaking news article of August 18, 2016:

The Justice Department plans to end its use of private prisons after officials concluded the facilities are both less safe and less effective at providing correctional services than those run by the government.

Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates announced the decision on Thursday in a memo that instructs officials to either decline to renew the contracts for private prison operators when they expire or “substantially reduce” the contracts’ scope. The goal, Yates wrote, is “reducing — and ultimately ending — our use of privately operated prisons.” “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,” Yates wrote.

Read the Department of Justice memo here.

Read the complete article here.