08.18.16

Comment of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Announcement by the Department of Justice Regarding Private Prisons

Comment of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.),
Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee,
On The Announcement by the Department of Justice Regarding Private Prisons

August 18, 2016

“For too long, the dangerous conditions found in many private prisons have placed inmates and officers at risk. Today’s announcement from the Justice Department is an important first step in addressing this unacceptable situation. But it is not enough. We must see greater transparency and accountability for the private facilities that continue to be used. And we must insist that these changes are adopted by all federal agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security, which relies heavily on private prisons even for housing vulnerable mothers and children. Incarceration should not be a for-profit business.”

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