President Joe Biden signs executive orders on racial equity
Biden signs a decree to start prison reform
Department of Justice to stop using private prisons to detain people sentenced to imprisonment by federal courts
President Joe Biden signed an order on Tuesday to reform the American prison system and eliminate the use of private prisons by the US government..
“There are currently more than two million people in American prisons, including a disproportionate number of non-whites … The current prison system is costly and puts our society in a difficult life situation without making (our life) more safe, – says the text of the decree, – To reduce the number of prisoners, we must reduce the financial incentives to imprison (people in custody) and gradually phase out the use of private detention centers by the federal government ”.
“President Biden is committed to reducing the number of prisoners while making our communities safer. This will start with the end of the federal government’s use of private prisons, ”Susan Rice, Biden’s domestic policy adviser, told reporters..
According to Reuters, following the White House announcement, the shares of two leading public companies that operate private prisons fell significantly in value. Securities of GEO Group Inc fell 3.5% in daytime trading, shares of Corecivic Inc fell 3.7%.
According to Rice, private prisons “profit from federal prisoners.” In addition, the Inspector General of the Ministry of Justice recognized private places of detention as less safe for both the prisoners themselves and the employees of such correctional institutions..
As clarified by “Reuters”, Biden’s decree applies only to federal contracts of the Justice Department with private prison companies – they, according to the president’s decision, will not be renewed. However, the Department of Homeland Security will be able to use private prison services to detain illegal immigrants..
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