sanders: no more private prisons


I have been ambivalent about presidential politics until now—dismayed by the bat-shit-crazy field of Republicans and put half-asleep by the predictable and unimaginative field of Democrats. Yet, if I were a single-issue voter, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) would now get my vote.

Sanders unveiled a plan yesterday to stop private companies from running federal, state, and local prisons, The Washington Post reported. Under Sanders’ proposed “Justice is Not for Sale Act,” governments would have three years to end private ownership of jails and prisons, which he argued have “perverse incentives.”

“It runs counter to the best interests of our country,” the Democratic presidential candidate told the Post. “You should not be making a profit off of putting people in prison.”

About 19% of federal prisoners and 7% of state prisoners were held in private facilities at the end of 2013, according to a Bureau of Justice Statistics report.

Sanders’ bill also proposed reinstating the federal parole system and removing a congressional mandate requiring Immigrations and Customs Enforcement to hold at least 34,000 detainees per day.

Regardless of whether the bill passes or not, it shows where Bernie’s heart is.


No Private Prisons.


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4 Responses to “sanders: no more private prisons”

  1. 1 matt
    September 18, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    This is an important part of the greater discussion of the appropriate role(s) of government. Regardless of the economics involved, there are certain roles which government simply must retain.

  2. September 21, 2015 at 7:13 am

    Keep looking at more important issues, and you’ll keep reaching the same conclusion. Please vote, and encourage others to do the same. There i only one candidate who cares about average Americans, and always has.

  3. 4 Jeanne
    October 30, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    Good to know. Thank god someone is taking action and talking about this !

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