Justice Department To Phase Out Use of Private Prisons for Federal Inmates

bopIn an effort to manage the rising prison population the Bureau of Prisons  began contracting with privately operated correctional institutions to confine some federal inmates.  By 2013, as both the federal prison population and the proportion of federal prisoners in private facilities reached their peak, the Bureau was housing approximately 15 percent of its population in privately operated prisons.

2013 was also the year that the Department of Justice launched its Smart on Crime Initiative after identifying reforms that would ensure more proportional sentences and effective use of federal resources.  As a result of that initiative, the Bureau of Prisons is now experiencing declining numbers in the prison population and has decided to stop using private prisons, declaring them less safe than government-run prisons and no cheaper to operate.

“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

Read full memo from Deputy Yates.

 

 

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