❝ In the barrage of news surrounding President Donald Trump, one of the things his administration quietly did over the past few months was reopen the federal prison system to private prison companies.
Some members of Congress, however, have noticed — and they want the Trump administration to explain itself.
❝ Today, Sens. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Cory Booker (D-NJ)…sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking that the Justice Department explain why it reversed the Obama administration’s decision to stop contracting with some private prison operators…
❝ In 2016, the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General concluded, “in most key areas, contract prisons incurred more safety and security incidents per capita than comparable Bureau Of Prisons institutions.” In another example, a 2012 Justice Department investigation found that in the City of Walnut Grove, Mississippi, a private prison that held youth offenders, did not provide “constitutionally adequate care” and that staff routinely engaged in “systematic, egregious, and dangerous practices.” In fact the investigation concluded that the Walnut Grove private prison was “among the worst […] in any facility anywhere in the nation.”
❝ They also argued that the Trump administration’s decision “lends the appearance of rewarding campaign donors.”
“Corporations that manage private prisons — Civic Corp, GEO Group, and Management and Training Corporation — reportedly donated over $750,000 to super PACs that supported the President,” the senators wrote. “One private prison corporation donated $100,000 to pro-Trump PACS the day after former Attorney General Yates announced that the Bureau of Prisons would no longer renew their contracts with private prisons.”
Read the whole article. Useful details, even more convincing evidence that Trump cares nothing about the civil rights of prisoners and – more important – regardless of the crime, doing time is governed by the profit structure of his campaign bankroll.