Tag: Private Prisons

Jeff Sessions Seeks to Revive War on Drugs

President Donald Trump deemed himself the “law and order” president, taking a “tough on crime” stance emphasized during his inaugural address in January that described the current state of America as a dystopian society. Trump’s newly appointed U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was highly contested, is promoting his agenda…

Justice Department Brings Back Private Prisons

An Obama-era directive to phase out federal prisons has been reversed by the new administration, the Department of Justice announced Thursday. “The memorandum changed long-standing policy and practice, and impaired the Bureau’s ability to meet the future needs of the federal correctional system,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions wrote in a…

Department of Justice Putting an End to Private Prisons

Highly profitable private prisons, which aided in the increased incarceration of Blacks and Latinos due to racial disparities in sentencing, have been deemed highly unsafe. By Sheryl Estrada REUTERS The Department of Justice announced Thursday it will phase out its contracts with private prisons to “ensure that inmates are in…

Columbia University Divests of Investments in Private Prisons

Columbia University’s board of trustees voted this week to divest of its investments in private prison companies and became the first university to do so following a nearly year-and-a-half long student campaign calling on the school to separate itself from the controversial industry. “We are pleased to announce that after…