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USA: Private for profit-prison contracting firms see boom as crackdown on illegal immigrants rise – Huffington Post

February 24, 2017

USA

“Private prison companies invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and today they got their reward: the Trump administration reversed the Obama administration’s directive to reduce the Justice Department’s use of private prisons … At a time when we already have more people behind bars than any other country, Trump just opened the floodgates for private prisons to make huge profits by building more prisons and keeping even more Americans in jail.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Hillary Clinton’s tough Primary Campaign opponent, criticizing a recent memo by President Trump’s new attorney-general, Jeff Sessions that withdrew an Obama-era Justice Department memo which set a goal of reducing and ultimately ending the Justice Department’s use of private prisons. Sanders called the move an example of “how our corrupt political and campaign finance system” works.

Complete story:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/doj-private-prisons-sessions_us_58af529ce4b0a8a9b780669a?

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2017. 3:24 p.m. [GMT]

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