Sessions Restores Federal Use of Private Prisons

A spokesman for Attorney General Jeff Sessions said his move will restore the federal flexibility to manage the federal inmate population based on capacity needs.” The measure rescinds a DOJ decision last August to “substantially” reduce the use of private prisons, which then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates argued “do not save substantially on costs and … do not maintain the same level of safety and security.”

Private Prison Firms Expect To Profit Under Trump Orders

President Trump has authorized the use of private contractors “to construct, operate, or control facilities” in what is expected to be a substantial ramp-up of the massive detention system that thrived under the Obama administration. With the number of immigrant detainees already at historic levels, critics warn that rapidly expanding prisons will only exacerbate squalid living conditions and substandard medical care.

It’s a Bumpy Rollout for New TN Private Prison

Trousdale Turner Correctional Center, Tennessee’s largest prison, was told to stop accepting new inmates after the state found a litany of “serious issues” with its leadership, staffing, solitary confinement, and excessive force. A former military officer who worked there said, “I felt like I was in more danger when I was in the prison.”