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US Justice Department to Phase Out Use of Private Prisons

The U.S. Department of Justice has decided to phase out its use of private prisons, concluding they are not as safe and effective as federal facilities. In a memo released Thursday, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates wrote that private prisons do not "provide the same level of correctional services, programs and resources," do not provide substantial cost savings and "do not maintain the same level of safety and security." Yates said the goal is "reducing —...

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