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Biden Orders DOJ to Phase Out Use of Federally Funded Private Prisons

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Biden Orders DOJ to Phase Out Use of Federally Funded Private Prisons

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President Joe Biden on Tuesday directed the federal government to cease its reliance on federally funded private prisons, a move that renews an Obama-era policy. Under the executive order, the attorney general must decline to renew Justice Department (DOJ) contracts with privately operated criminal detention facilities. “To decrease incarceration levels, we must reduce profit-based incentives to incarcerate by phasing out the Federal Government’s reliance on privately operated criminal detention facilities,” Biden wrote in his order. The rule would essentially require the DOJ to maintain the same policy position on private prison facilities as in 2016, when then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates ordered her department to “decline to renew that contract or substantially reduce its scope in a manner consistent with law and the overall decline of the bureau’s inmate population.” “The goal of the Justice Department is to ensure consistency in safety, security and rehabilitation services by operating its own …

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