On Tuesday, President Joe Biden announced that he directed the Department of Justice to end all federal contracts with private prisons. Biden’s executive order revives the Obama-era push to phase-out the use of private prisons.
The move is part of a larger racial equity initiative from the Biden administration and the presidents’ personal reckoning with the unjust criminal justice system he helped organize.
“We must change now,” said Biden. “I know it’s going to take time, but I know we can do it. And I firmly believe the nation is ready to change. But government has to change as well.” He later added, “This is a first step to stop corporations from profiting off of incarceration.”
It’s important to note, however, that “more than 14,000 federal inmates housed at privately-managed facilities represent a fraction of the nearly 152,000 federal inmates currently incarcerated,” per the Associated Press.