In a historic rebuke of the private prison industry, the U.S. Department of Justice today announced plans to eliminate the use of private prisons to incarcerate federal inmates.
Seth Freed Wessler
Seth Freed Wessler is an independent journalist and senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism. He is the recipient of a 2014-15 Soros Justice Media Fellowship.
The Bureau of Prisons has notified one of the country’s leading private prison companies, Corrections Corporation of America, that a troubled federal prison the company operated for 16 years will be closed down.
The family of a federal prisoner has filed a wrongful death lawsuit, alleging that private prison operators negligently left him in the care of underqualified medical workers who failed to respond properly to a medical emergency.
The Bureau of Prisons has 11 facilities – operated by private corporations – that are used exclusively for noncitizens. But these contract prisons are bound by a less stringent set of rules, and an independent review suggests that inadequate medical care likely contributed to some inmate deaths.
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