Friday, February 24, 2017

Attorney General Reauthorizes Use of Private Prisons

Ag_sessions_photo

The Huffington Post reports that Attorney General Jeff Sessions yesterday withdrew an Obama-era Justice Department memo aimed at reducing and ultimately ending the Justice Department’s use of private prisons.

In a one-page memo to the acting head of the Bureau of Prisons, Sessions wrote that the August 2016 memo by former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates “changed long-standing policy and practice, and impaired the Bureau’s ability to meet the future needs of the federal correctional system.”

C5YWCMBWUAEnBH-

Photo courtesy of NBC Nightly News

In originally deciding to move away from private prisons, Yates wrote that “Private prisons served an important role during a difficult period, but time has shown that they compare poorly to our own Bureau facilities. 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.”

The announcement followed the release of a report issued by the Justice Department’s Inspector General that found privately run prisons “incurred more safety and security incidents per capita than comparable BOP institutions.

KJ

https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/immigration/2017/02/attorney-general-reauthorizes-use-of-private-prisons.html

Current Affairs | Permalink

Comments

Post a comment