Obama Seeks End to|Use of Private Prisons

     WASHINGTON — The Justice Department said Thursday it will try to phase out private prison contracts, after an audit found they have more safety and security problems than ones run by the government.
     Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates has instructed federal officials to significantly reduce reliance on private prisons.
     As of December 2015, more than 22,000 federal inmates — about 12 percent of them — were in private prisons, according to an August report from the Justice Department’s inspector general.
     The government began contracting with private companies in the 1980s to imprison immigration detainees fleeing war in Central America.
     In her memo Thursday, Yates says the decline in the prison population over the past three years contributes to the decision not to renew private prison contracts.

%d bloggers like this: