Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Justice Dept Announces it Will End Use of For-Profit Prisons



The first obvious reality is that incarceration as largely implemented is a failed protocol that certainly fails to produce a high yield of better human beings.  That ultimately was its purpose.  The punishment component is dealt with in the simple loss of freedom.  It is not a meaningful component of prison life however much that may be desired by victims.


Then trying to privatize a disfunctional system is actually bizarre and merely ensures that the prison terms need to be maximized while services provided are also minimizsed.

There are better ways to do this and we do have examples to look at.  However, if you can not think of a better way, then why should anyone tell you?  The reason i said that is that solutions have to come from us because these people are all members of our communities and that will not happen unless we become engaged.


As i have posted, it is possible to end poverty by properly supporting the natural community to be self sufficient.   Any such natural community is quite able to transition almost any convict into a civilized life way.  Creating natural communities out of seriously dysfunctional convicts is far harder but surely necessary for all grades of functionality.  The ability to transition through levels provides a clear escape route as well. 


It appears that the DOJ has come to its senses on this one...


Justice Dept Announces it Will End Use of For-Profit Prisons – Prison Stocks Plummet

Claire Bernish,

http://wakingtimesmedia.com/justice-dept-announces-will-end-use-profit-prisons-prison-stocks-plummet

In a stunning turn of events, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday it will no longer use private prisons to incarcerate federal prisoners, deeming the notorious for-profit facilities both less safe and less effective in providing correctional services than those operated by the government.

“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,” Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates explained in today’s announcement.

According to the Washington Post, a memo from Yates instructs officials to either decline to renew private prison contracts upon their expiration, or “substantially reduce” the contracts’ scope.

This announcement comes on the heels of a rather scathing report from the DOJ’s inspector general last week which found the nefarious privately-run facilities had a greater number of safety and security incidents than those run by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

According to that report, various disturbances in private prison facilities in recent years led to “extensive property damage, bodily injury, and the death of a Correctional Officer.”

“The fact of the matter is that private prisons don’t compare favorably to Bureau of Prisons facilities in terms of safety or security or services, and now with the decline in the federal prison population, we have both the opportunity and the responsibility to do something about that,”asserted Yates in an interview, according to the Post.

As soon as the news broke the DOJ would be abandoning for-profit prisons, stock value crashed for both Corrections Corporation of America and the GEO Group, as Zero Hedgereported, the latter evaporating 35 percent of its value in record time.

Countless advocacy groups and media outlets, including The Free Thought Project, have frequently highlighted countless abuses, violence, and horrid conditions, if not outright human rights violations — as well as numerous deaths under suspicious circumstances — found in notorious for-profit prisons.
Toward the goal of severely constricting private prison contracts, Yates noted the bureau had already declined to renew a 1,200-bed contract for Cibola County Correctional Center in New Mexico, despiteprotestations from the sheriff. She also wrote that over the next year, the Bureau of Prisons would decline to incarcerate prisoners in at least three private facilities, and by May 1, 2017, the private prison population would be drastically reduced to just 14,200 inmates — in total.

Yates said it was “hard to know precisely” when private prisons would be completely absent of federal inmates, but that next year’s May goal represented less than half the total federal inmates housed in private facilities three years ago, at the peak of that population — indicating the department was “well on our way to ultimately eliminating the use of private prisons entirely.”

Though ceasing to house federal prisoners in privately-run facilities will be a major undertaking, the move is now underway.

“We have to be realistic about the time it will take, but that really depends on the continuing decline of the federal prison population, and that’s really hard to accurately predict,” Yates explained.

Yates said it was “hard to know precisely” when private prisons would be completely absent of federal inmates, but that next year’s May goal represented less than half the total federal inmates housed in private facilities three years ago, at the peak of that population — indicating the department was “well on our way to ultimately eliminating the use of private prisons entirely.”

Though ceasing to house federal prisoners in privately-run facilities will be a major undertaking, the move is now underway.

“We have to be realistic about the time it will take, but that really depends on the continuing decline of the federal prison population, and that’s really hard to accurately predict,” Yates explained.

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