Citing reports of safety and security concerns, and amid declining incarceration rates, the US Bureau of Prisons will begin phasing out the use of private prisons for housing of federal inmates. Beginning in the late 90’s, privately owned prisons initially were used to relieve overcrowding, however, the for-profit private prisons save little on costs to the government, experience more violence, lockdowns and contraband vs. federal facilities and provide few of the programs to educate or train inmates which reduce recidivism rates.
Prison rights advocates are hopeful state prison agencies will make similar changes.
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