The Department of Justice will stop contracting with private prisons, the department announced Thursday morning. The decision comes a week after the DOJ inspector general released a damning report on the safety, security, and oversight of private prisons, which incarcerate 12 percent of federal inmates.
The announcement comes on the heels of a Mother Jones investigation of a private prison in Louisiana that found serious deficiencies in staffing and security. It also documented a higher rate of violence than the prison reported. Last week’s DOJ report found that private prisons are more violent than federal prisons.
I’m sure President Mittens would have reacted in the same way, though.
…to expand on the snark in the title, this story is proof of how investigative journalism — in this case by Mother Jones — matters. But it’s also important to note that with a Republican in the White House it would have changed nothing. One party can be pushed from the left, and one can’t.