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Justice Department reinstates policy allowing private prisons to house federal inmates

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Jeff Sessions

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday withdrew a memo issued last year that had ordered the phase-out of privately operated federal prisons.

Sessions issued a new memo that questioned the wisdom of the phase-out and said the Bureau of Prisons should "return to its previous approach."

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The new memo said the phase-out ordered last August had contradicted Justice Department policy and impaired the ability of the Bureau of Prisons to meet future needs.

The prior memo by then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates had concluded that private prisons provide less safety than public prisons, with little cost savings. Her memo had followed a report by the Justice Department’s Inspector General that found privately run prisons had higher rates of assaults and use of force.

Related article: “Prison Break: Budget Crises Drive Reform, But Private Jails Press On”

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USA Today: “Private prisons back Trump and could see big payoffs with new policies”

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