Department of Justice to phase out use of private prisons

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WASHINGTON (NEWS10) – The United States Justice Department (DOJ) announced it will phase out the use of private prisons.

Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates says she sent a letter to the Acting Director of the Bureau of Prisons stating that as each private prison contract reaches the end of its term, the bureau should decline to renew its contract or reduce its scope.

The DOJ says this is the first step to reducing and ultimately ending the use of privately operated prisons.

“While an unexpected need may arise in the future, the goal of the justice department is to ensure consistency in safety, security, and rehabilitation services by operating its own prison facilities,” Yates wrote in a blog post.

According to the DOJ, the federal prison population increased 800 percent between 1980 and 2013.

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