The Department of Justice will stop contracting with private prisons, the department announced Thursday morning. The decision comes a week after the DOJ inspector general released a damning report on the safety, security, and oversight of private prisons, which incarcerate 12 percent of federal inmates.
The announcement comes on the heels of a Mother Jones investigation of a private prison in Louisiana that found serious deficiencies in staffing and security. It also documented a higher rate of violence than the prison reported. Last week’s DOJ report found that private prisons are more violent than federal prisons.
The cost of the Mother Jones investigation was significant. The companies involved in the wrong-doing should pick up the tab. Hopefully the DoJ decision is the end of private prisons, a terrible experiment with market solutions.
Here’s a recent reminder of the forces ranged against Mother Jones: We Were Sued by a Billionaire Political Donor. We Won. Here’s What Happened.