Thursday, August 18, 2016

Actual Good Thing Happening??

I was not expecting this.

Justice Department says it will end use of private prisons

Are you telling me that the government actually made a decision that is detrimental to large private corporations?

Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates announced the decision on Thursday in a memo that instructs officials to either decline to renew the contracts for private prison operators when they expire or “substantially reduce” the contracts’ scope. The goal, Yates wrote, is “reducing — and ultimately ending — our use of privately operated 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.

I knew they were "investigating" but I honestly though that private prisons were another horrific aspect of capitalism that was here to stay until the nation's inevitable collapse. What is this new feeling I'm experiencing? Hope? Faith in humanity?

I'm not sure if this applies to all private prisons, however. Yates' statement only refers to federal prisons, and there are private prisons controlled by individual states. But at least the federal government is not longer advocating for the gross practice of making a profit off of prisoners.

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