After spending eight years of doing absolutely nothing, Barack Obama can now sit at home and watch as yet another of his hideous plans has been reversed.
Having in mind the needs that the federal prison system requires, Attorney General Jeff Sessions stated on Thursday that he will pursue the private prisons activation order filed last year.
In August, Sally Yates, who served as Deputy Attorney General at the time asked the Bureau of Prisons officials to end or reduce some contracts regarding the private prison.
As Sessions said, this order “changed the long-standing policy and practice, and impaired the Bureau’s ability to meet the future needs of the federal correctional system.”
“Therefore, I direct the Bureau to return to its previous approach,” he wrote.
The spokesperson for the Justice Department spokesperson claimed that the memo will “restore BOP’s flexibility to manage the federal prison inmate population based on capacity needs.”
At the moment, there are around 12 private prisons that are actively working and hold around 21,000 federal inmates.
These prisons are managed by three large corporations: Corrections Corporation of America, GEO Group, and Management and Training Corporation.
Altogether, the corporations received a total of $639 million from the government back in 2014.
This change was not well-accepted by The American Civil Liberties Union.
“Handing control of prisons over to for-profit companies is a recipe for abuse and neglect,” said David C. Fathi, director of the ACLU’s National Prison Project.
“The memo from Attorney jeff SessioSessions ignores this fact. Additionally, this memo is a further sign that under President Trump and Attorney General Sessions, the United States may be headed for a new federal prison boom, fueled in part by criminal prosecutions of immigrants for entering the country.”
As Bloomberg confirmed, the majority of inmates located in private prisons used by the Justice Department are labeled as “criminal aliens.”
This group also involves illegal immigrants that have committed drug offenses.