Mother Jones-Biden Will End the Justice Department’s Use of Private Prisons

Reviving an Obama-era policy to cut ties with companies that “profiteer off of federal prisoners.”

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For four years, the Trump administration embraced private prisons, signing contracts with corporations to incarcerate detainees, immigrants, and people serving federal sentences. Now, that era is coming to a close as President Joe Biden signs an executive order Tuesday afternoon instructing the Department of Justice to allow its contracts with for-profit prison companies to expire.

The executive order “will ultimately end the Justice Department’s use of private prisons, an industry that houses pretrial detainees and federal prisoners,” Biden said Tuesday in a speech on his racial equity policy agenda. The decision means the gradual end for a dozen private prisons that currently incarcerate about 14,000 people—about 9 percent of the federal prison population. Most of those are men without US citizenship serving short federal sentences under low security. It could also affect for-profit jails run by private prison companies under contract with US Marshals Service, a DOJ division that holds pretrial detainees.

“Private prisons profiteer off of federal prisoners and are proven to be—or are found to be by the Department of Justice Inspector General— to be less safe for correctional officers and for prisoners,” domestic policy advisor Susan Rice said at a White House briefing today. “President Biden is committed to reducing mass incarceration while making our communities safer. That starts with ending federal government’s reliance on private prisons.”

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Commentaire: Une des choses auquel les americains devrient reevaluer c’est bien le systeme de justice. Il est presqu’universellement admis que le systeme de justice genere tant et tant d’injustice qu’il s’alimente et se nourrit de cette degradation. Les causes sociales de la criminalite sont
nombreuses et notamment, la pauvrete, le racisme, les inegalites de chance,
et aussi, les opportunites d’enrichissement incroyable que genere la criminalite, la “Dark Economy’. Et, leS annees Trump ont rendu la situation critique… tant au niveau de l’injustice que du traitement juridique de la grande criminalite.


Des efforts avaient ete amorces sous Obama… entre autre la mise a l’amende des institutions financieres qui “recyclent” la “black money”. Malgre les accords visant a mettre un terme a ces pratiques “anti-economique”, l’arrivee de Trump a permis que ces activites “tout autant illegalles qu’immorales” se poursuivent sans aucune sanction. Personne ne se cachera les yeux, les criminels ne recherchent que la meme chose que les organisations et firmes legales: s’enrichir… Et, ils le font au detriment des firmes legales. Cette impunite de fait n’a que comme consequence que d’encourager le developpement de la criminalite… et cela devient LA Solution pour reussir dans la vie, pour ceux et celles qui ne sont pas privilegies, sachant que rien ne leur est offert d’autres pour assurer leur subsistance… et ces demunis remplissent les prisons qui debordent…. Si la Grande Criminalite n’etait plus profitable, la rentabilite des firmes augmenteraient, les services publics epargneraient des sommes colossales. Cela ne fera pas disparaitre les illegalites,les crimes, mais cela en reduirait l’importance et l’occutrnvr.

La criminalite organisee devrait etre banie et accompagnee de lourdes, tres lourdes peines, car elle porte atteinte a la croissance de l’economie reelle.


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Private Prisons

https://www.facebook.com/OcasioCortez/posts/3616625761761415


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