US President Biden Moves to End Justice Contracts with US Private Prisons

President Biden signed an executive order on Tuesday, (26.01.21) on “Reforming Our Incarceration System to Eliminate the Use of Privately Operated Criminal Detention Facilities”

In the Executive Order he states that “More than two million people are currently incarcerated in the United States, including a disproportionate number of people of color.  There is broad consensus that our current system of mass incarceration imposes significant costs and hardships on our society and communities and does not make us safer.  To decrease incarceration levels, we must reduce profit-based incentives to incarcerate by phasing out the Federal Government’s reliance on privately operated criminal detention facilities.

This is part of the new administrations Executive Order on Racial Equity.

In Remarks made before the the signing of an Executive Order on Racial Equity, President Biden said, “Today, I’m also issuing an executive order that will ultimately end the Justice Department’s use of the private prison industry — private prisons, an industry that houses pretrial detainees, detainees and federal prisoners. 

The executive order directs the Attorney General to decline to renew contracts with privately operated criminal facilities — a step we started to take at the end of the Obama administration and was reversed under the previous administration.

This is the first step to stop corporations from profiteering off of incarcerating — incarceration that is less humane and less safe, as the studies show.  And it is just the beginning of my administration’s plan to address systemic problems in our criminal justice system.

To read the full “Executive Order on Reforming Our Incarceration System to Eliminate the Use of Privately Operated Criminal Detention Facilities” Click, here.