The Beginning of the End of Prison Privatization?

The Beginning of the End of Prison Privatization?

The Federal Government announced today (August 18th) it will stop allowing private companies to operate federal prisons.  Currently private companies run 13 federal prisons.

“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 by the Department’s Office of Inspector General, they do not maintain the same level of safety and security,” Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates observed.

Here’s hoping the states follow suit.

 

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David Morris is co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. His five non-fiction books range from an analysis of Chilean development to the future of electric power to the transformation of cities and neighborhoods.  For 14 years he was a regular columnist for the Saint Paul Pioneer Press. His essays on public policy have appeared in the New York TimesWall Street Journal, Washington PostSalonAlternetCommon Dreams, and the Huffington Post.