Justice Department officials Claim to want to end the use of private prisons

The Justice Department will end its use of private prisons, officials said in a memo released today.

The decision, which was first reported by The Washington Post, means that private prisons that house tens of thousands of federal inmates will shut down over the next few years. It follows a major reportreleased by the department’s inspector general last week that found that inmates in private prisons were more likely to be injured and that the prisons were less effective that publicly run institutions.

“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,” Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates wrote in the one-and-a-half page memo.

Full story at Fusion

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