Private Prison Industry Fighting U.S. Move to End Contracts

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The private prison industry is lobbying against a U.S. Justice Department directive to end the use of their facilities, encouraging legislators to question the policy change and legally protesting one significant contract reduction, the Washington Post reports. Moves by the GEO Group and others show practical and political hurdles that stand in the way of the Bureau of Prisons actually ending its use of for-profit facilities to manage federal inmates. The industry says that the decision to do so was based on faulty research and that officials need private firms because of overcrowding in the federal prison system. “We think the private sector facilities did very well, that they were comparably secure, and in some important respects, they were better,” said George Zoley, chairman of GEO, which operates six facilities.

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