Trump Administration to Increase Private Prisons

Private Prisons Yet Another Trump Giveaway to Corporate America

Private prisons are a failed experiment. That’s why AFSCME applauded last year’s decision by the U.S. Justice Department to reduce and ultimately end its use of privately-operated, for-profit facilities. The decision was based on evidence that private prisons are a bad deal for taxpayers, failing to deliver on services while jeopardizing public safety.

DOJ walks back guidance discouraging use of private prisons

“This will restore (the Bureau of Prison’s) flexibility to manage the federal prison inmate population based on capacity needs,” the Justice Department said in a statement. In August, then-deputy Attorney General Sally Yates directed the Bureau of Prisons to reduce its use of private prison contracts.

Private prison stocks up 100% since Trump’s win

The stocks of the two biggest private prison operators — CoreCivic (formerly know as Corrections Corp. of America) and Geo Group — have doubled since election day. CoreCivic is up 140% since Trump won in November; Geo Group has risen 98%.

On Thursday afternoon, the U.S. Department of Justice officially rescinded its policy barring the use of private prisons—an order that had been put in place by the Obama administration last year.

A memo sent by current Attorney General Jeff Sessions explained that the August 2016 order to end the DOJ’s use of private prisons, “impaired the Bureau’s ability to meet the future needs of the federal correctional system.”

Privately run prisons have become cash-cow enterprises in which there are financial incentives to incarcerate as many people as possible.   There have been cases in which judges got kick-backs for incarcerating teenagers (more examples).   Privately run prisons is an example of Capitalism and our Justice System gone amuck.

This just one of the latest horrible consequences to occur as a result of TRUMP being elected president.