Feds to Stop Using Private Prisons

photo courtesy Mark Bartlett


August 18, 2016 (WASHINGTON) The Washington Post is reporting that the Bureau of Priaons will phase out the use of private peiaons This was announced in a memo  by Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates.

The WAPO reports:

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.

This is the report she is referring to. The Inspector General found multiple weaknesses in private prisons. Some have been pointed to by actiivista for years. This was one of the damming settlements in the report.

We found that in a majority of the categories we examined, contract prisons incurred more safety and security incidents per capita than comparable BOP institutions.

There were also safety and security deficiencies that led to multiple areas of concern. Moreover, these companies have an unknown record regarding recidivism. While the records for  states and counties are published, they are  not for these facilities since they are private corporations.

Not surprisingly thier stock has crashed plummeted about 20 percent 

Now the question to ask is whether the State of California and the County of San Diego will follow suit? Suffice it to say this could be the beginning of a real shift in prison reform. Taking away the profit margin might signal a turn away from mass incarceration. 

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