Wednesday, January 27, 2021

To President Biden: End ICE and HHS Contracts with Private Prison Companies as Well

From Yahoo news:

President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Tuesday that called on his Department of Justice to not renew any of their contracts with private prisons.

The move is seen as a first step toward tackling the issue of mass incarceration in the United States. The proliferation of private prisons—coupled with strictness regarding sentencing and heavy-handed enforcement of drug laws—have helped make America’s prison population the largest in the world. Biden made an initial move away from decades worth of carceral policy with the signing of the order. See here.

But as US News points out:

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has long relied heavily on private facilities largely run by two for-profit corporations: CoreCivic and GEO Group Inc.

The number of immigrants in ICE detention has fallen during the pandemic, but in 2019, when more than 55,000 people were housed in ICE detention, more than half were held in privately run facilities. DHS also uses city and county jails to hold immigrants in detention.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren praised Biden's order but called on him to end the use of private facilities to hold immigrants.

"Our justice and immigration systems reward private prison companies for locking up more people in worse conditions. I've repeatedly called for an end to private prisons, and I'm glad President Biden is taking action. For-profit immigrant detention facilities have to go too," the Massachusetts Democrat tweeted. See here.

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