January 30, 2018

Trump regime transferring prisoners to private operations

Mother Jones-Prison companies that backed Donald Trump during the presidential campaign and gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to his inaugural committee just got another boost from his administration. The Bureau of Prisons will now transfer more inmates from government-run lockups to private facilities, according to a memo sent to department staffers, as the agency prepares to cut federal correctional jobs. Trump has requested in his budget proposal a reduction of 6,000 BOP positions, including more than 1,800 correctional officers.

The memo, published by Government Executive, orders federal prisons to identify eligible inmates for the transfers by targeting low-security, male immigrants who are serving time for crimes. Currently, 11 private prisons contract with the BOP, and most hold immigrants convicted of crimes.

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