Officials in the Justice Department have concluded that private prisons are not as safe and do not provide the necessary correctional services that prisons run by the government can bring, according to a Washington Post report. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates made the announcement early Thursday that officials should not renew contracts for private prisons or “substantially reduce” them. Yates said this will push towards the ultimate goal of completely ending the use of private 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 report by the Department’s Office of Inspector General, they do not maintain the same level of safety and security,” Yates wrote.
Last week the Justice Department's inspector general released a report outlining the safety and security issues that are problematic in privately run institutions. There are currently 13 private prisons overseen by the Bureau of Prisons. All of those contracts will be coming up within the next five years, so the ending of their use will not happen right away.
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