Obama Decision to Shut Down Private Federal Prisons Doesn’t Go Far Enough
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FEATURING SCOTT ROBERTS – For the past few years organizations and activists around the US had targeted the government’s use of private corporations to run prisons. And then in mid-August the Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates announced that the federal government would phase out its use of private prison corporations like CCA and Geo.
Activists rejoiced. But many felt the decision didn’t go far enough, pointing out that many immigrant detention centers and even state prisons were still run by private companies.
Privately-run prisons have shown to have a higher rate of violence and worse medical care than facilities run by the US Bureau Of Prisons.
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Scott Roberts is Senior Campaign Director for Criminal Justice at Color of Change.