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Will States Follow DOJ’s Private Prison Move? Some Are Ahead of the Feds

August 26, 2016
The Justice Department’s decision to phase out private prisons could have an impact well beyond federal prison facilities if states follow suit.

The Justice Department’s decision to phase out private prisons could have an impact well beyond federal prison facilities. The Washington Post reports that some states are actually ahead of the federal government in closing for-profit correctional locations, and the DOJ’s recent move could encourage more states to follow suit.

Nicole D. Porter, advocacy director of The Sentencing Project, which, like the ACLU, opposes private prisons, provided these examples of states moving away from private facilities:

  • Colorado officials announced plans in June to close the private Kit Carson Correctional Center.
  • Mississippi officials said they will close the Walnut Grove Correctional Facility.
  • D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) announced that the District would resume operation of the Correctional Treatment Facility when a contract with Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) expires next year.
  • Kentucky announced the closing of its last of three facilities in 2013. In June, however, the state said it was considering reopening two private facilities because of overcrowding.
  • Texas closed two private prisons in 2013.
  • Idaho said in February it would no longer send prisoners to a private facility in Colorado.

Read the full article at the Washington Post.

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