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  • Posted Thursday, August 25, 2016

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Justice Department announces plan to end the use of Private Prisons

Private prisons are both less safe and less effective than those run by the government. That’s the message from a memo released on August 18th by Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates.

“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,” Yates wrote.

“I am directing that, as each contract reaches the end of its term, the Bureau should either decline to renew that contract or substantially reduce its scope,” she continued.

Bureau of Prison inmate population in private facilities is already expected to drop to less than 14,200 by May 1, 2017, with a larger declined possible based on actions taken after this memo’s release.

With our focus on programming and truly educational tablet systems, American Prison Data Systems applauds this announcement. The reality is that, though private prisons only hold between 5-8% of America’s prison population, inmates in those facilities are routinely underserved when it comes to programming, education, healthcare and more.

In the past, APDS has not worked within the private prison system. A balance sheet may show education and programming as expensive, but the truth is that offering inmates a chance at improving themselves while incarcerated is a reinvestment in our society as a whole. And we hold up our state and local jail and prison clients as members of the correctional space that see the value in education and programming.

Read the full memo from Deputy Attorney Yates here.