Trump’s commitment to private prisons looks like a reward to campaign donors

❝ 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.

9 thoughts on “Trump’s commitment to private prisons looks like a reward to campaign donors

  1. Nikohl Vandel says:

    I guess someone beyond the #StupiderPeople had to support him. The violent minded folks are really into the gross kind of imprisonment too, not like they want to improve them so folks leave rehabbed and empowered … sheesh! #EndMassIncarceration <3nikiV

  2. Moloch says:

    Texas Senate Passes “Baby Jail” Bill Written by Private Prison Corporation http://americasvoice.org/blog/texas-senate-passes-baby-jail-bill-written-private-prison-corporation/ The Texas Senate on Tuesday passed a new bill written by the GEO group, the second largest private prison company in the U.S., that legitimizes the existence of immigrant family detention centers as child care facilities. Senate Bill 1018 was advanced with a wide margin of 20-11 votes along party lines, with all the Senate Republicans voting in favor. Three out of four people who approved the bill were GEO members, according to America’s Voice, a grassroots nonprofit organization. The bill will also give the Department of Family and Protective Services authority to waive any minimum standards necessary in order to license the facilities. http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Texas-Senate-Passes-Baby-Jail-Bill-Backed-by-Prison-Company-20170510-0021.html

  3. Ka-Ching! says:

    “Unity Was Emerging on Sentencing. Then Came Jeff Sessions.” https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/14/us/politics/jeff-sessions-criminal-sentencing.html “…Backers of the sentencing overhaul say that Mr. Sessions, who as a senator from Alabama supported legislation that would have made a second marijuana trafficking conviction a capital crime, is living in the past and is badly misguided. “Locking up people who don’t pose a threat to public safety is a waste of taxpayer money, a waste of resources and doesn’t deter crime,” said Steve Hawkins, the president of the Coalition for Public Safety, a sentencing reform advocacy group whose partners are as diverse as the liberal Center for American Progress and the conservative FreedomWorks.

  4. Law & Order says:

    In the run-up to the 2016 Presidential election the private prison company GEO Group illegally donated more than $225,000 to Rebuild America NOW, a pro-Trump super PAC. Then, as soon as the Trump Administration took over the White House, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions — whose three former aides now work for GEO Group — immediately reversed the ban on federal private prisons. Soon afterward, GEO Group became the first private prison company to receive contracts from the DOJ again. This was closely followed by Sessions releasing a memo calling on 94 U.S. Attorneys to seek the harshest sentencing for drug offenses – completely undoing years of transformative progress on sentencing reform – as the value of GEO Group’s stock skyrocketed. The Federal Election Commission (FEC) is responsible for overseeing campaign finance laws and ensuring electoral and democratic integrity. Federal contractors are banned from making political contributions to avoid so-called “pay to play” arrangements, in which elected officials dole out lucrative deals to companies that supported their campaigns. On November 1, 2016 the Campaign Legal Center filed a complaint with the Commission alleging that GEO Corrections Holdings, Inc. had violated 52 U.S. Code § 30119 that regulates political contributions by Government Contractors https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/52/30119 however the FEC has failed to respond. https://news.vice.com/story/geo-group-may-have-illegally-funded-a-trump-super-pac

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