The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is phasing out the use of privately owned prisons for federal prisoners.
"I've never believed private prisons saved any money", McFadyen said Thursday.
"The very same issues that the DOJ has named in ending its contracts - the awful health care available, the dangers to people incarcerated in private prisons - those are endemic to the private-prison contracts with DHS as well", she said. The government's directive will affect 13 privately run prisons holding over 22,000 inmates. Yates instructed federal officials to significantly reduce reliance on private prisons. President of Management and Training Corporation Scott Marquardt is disputing the federal report, saying that it's unfair to compare federal prisons to private ones. It's been about a decade since the Department of Justice began contracting with private prisons (in an effort to mitigate overpopulation in federally run prisons), and the abrupt end to that relationship was met with an abrupt drop in shares on the New York Stock Exchange.
"Private prisons served an important role during a hard period, but time has shown that they compare poorly to our own Bureau facilities", Ms. Yates wrote.
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The memo offers valid points to reduce and "ultimately end" the use of private prisons. For example, according to an 86 page report released last week by the U.S. Department of Justice, private facilities have higher rates of assaults and more contraband being smuggled into the prisons.
Disturbances in the facilities, the report said, led in recent years to "extensive property damage, bodily injury, and the death of a Correctional Officer".
A big move from the Office of the Deputy Attorney General. In 2010 there were 2,817 inmates housed in IN private prison facilities. Instead, there will be a review of those contracts that come up for renewal.
In an interview with The Washington Post, Yates expanded on the decision to decrease the federal government's reliance on private prisons. "With the decline in the federal prison population, we have both the opportunity and the responsibility to do something". The report pointed out that in fiscal 2014, the BOP spent $630 million on contract prisons, and this was not cost-effective. "The conclusion is wrong and is not supported by the work done by the [Office of the Inspector General]". Thursday's policy change also included direction to change a current solicitation for a private prison contract, cutting the maximum number of beds required by 66 percent.