Private Prisons’ Trump-era Turnaround a Bad Bargain For America
Private prisons’ Trump-era turnaround a bad bargain for America
America’s private prison industry was in decline for the best of reasons.
With crime at historic lows, and many states finally beginning to roll back harsh sentencing laws, there was less need for the services of private prisons.
The endless chorus of horror stories about corruption and abuse at private prisons was also starting to have an effect on the industry’s fortunes.
Government officials were growing skeptical about the wisdom of spending taxpayer money on private prisons for other reasons, too.
In a memo last summer ordering the Department of Justice to begin phasing out the federal government’ …