August 18, 2016

US Justice Department Seeks Slightly Better Option

Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates announced plans to end the US Justice Department’s use of private prisons after officials decided the privately owned prisons were much worse than federal correctional services. The problem with private prisons wasn’t exactly a secret. Just peruse this 35,000-word undercover exposé of a private prison guard in Louisiana, or this investigation into the questionable deaths that take place in privately operated facilities. While this move seems like a step in the right direction, it won’t be an overnight solution. The Justice Department isn’t terminating its contracts with 13 private prisons but instead will “review” them whenever they come up for renewal in the next five years.

Yes, I want to sound marginally more intelligent: