DOJ Reverses Obama-Era Decision To Phase Out Private Prisons

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Another day, another reversal of a legacy Obama policy.

Moments ago, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions reversed an Obama-era memo to phase out the use of private prisons, signalling his support for federal use of such facilities and advising that the Bureau of Prisons will "return to its previous approach to the use of private prisons."

Sessions issued a new memo Thursday replacing one issued last August by Sally Yates, the deputy attorney general at the time, in which he said the Obama decision "impaired" the ability to meet the needs of the correctional system.

That Yates memo told the Bureau of Prisons to begin reducing and ultimately end its use of privately run prisons. She said the facilities were less well run than those managed by the Bureau of Prisons, and were less necessary given declines in the overall prison population.

But Sessions says in his memo Thursday that Yates' directive contradicted longstanding Justice Department policy and "impaired the Bureau's ability to meet the future needs of the federal correctional system."

In light of Trump's aggressive push to round up as many as 11 million illegal aliens currently residing in the US, we can venture the reason behind this expansion of US incarceration facilities.

Meanwhile, the market reaction was quick, with the private prison REITs jumping following the DOJ announcement. Among individual stocks, CoreCivic rose 2.9% post-market while GEO Group was up 0.7%.

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chunga's picture

Get your priorities right, lock her up Sessions.

BullyBearish's picture

The swamp is getting bigger and bigger...trump, the gift that keeps on the .01%


And now we need more nuclear bombs...

bamawatson's picture

does this affect private prison transgender bathroom policy

pods's picture

Well doesn't this give you that warm fuzzy feeling inside?

You just can't win today. Left you lose, right you lose. They just fuck you each in their own separate ways.


Stainless Steel Rat's picture
Stainless Steel Rat (not verified) pods Feb 23, 2017 5:08 PM

This sucks. It's economic incentive to keep marijuana illegal.

spastic_colon's picture

hey numbskulls....where do you think the cheap labor is going to come from if we start deporting the other cheap labor??

Akzed's picture

White House expects Justice crackdown on legalized marijuana SADIE GURMAN Associated PressFebruary 23, 2017
gatorengineer's picture

No one anywhere where is doing time for personal use level pot posession.  If you have a couple of hay bails then yes.  If you have a couple of ounces no....  This is a myth.

Abaco's picture

And you are a thorough retard stuffed full to the brim with anti-facts.

Ink Pusher's picture

Yo gatorfucker,

The DEA seized my buddy's $750K yacht as "proceeds of drug crime" because they found 2 weed seeds in between the deck plates after a massive party on the boat two weeks previous.

They then charged him with intent to cultivate.

Fortunately he beat the cultivation beef, but he still lost his boat because a party guest didn't manage to throw the seeds overboard when he was rolling his shitty joint of Florida swamp weed.

The "war on drugs" was and is a dismal failure. Especially when various dark "agencies" actually move more drugs than most big pharma companies.

Keep smoking hay ! It's done wonders for you, Really!



francis_the_wonder_hamster's picture

"You just can't win today. Left you lose, right you lose"

This pessimistic comment inspired an idea for me.  It's a bit crazy sounding, but bear with me.  Maybe we should have a third political party?  It could represent revolutionary ideas like individual liberty and limited government.

I know it sounds crazy, and I'm just beginning to explore the possibilities, but can you imagine?

Billy the Poet's picture

I propose the formation of a voluntary organization the purpose which would be to protect the members from government, perverts and thieves. But I repeat myself.

wildbad's picture

really? not good news.

first decriminalize all narcotics esp. cannabis. that will solve the prison problem.

then, take the profit out of for profit prisons.

jeff, this is a serious dissapointment.

Chief Wonder Bread's picture

Somebody has to operate the FEMA camps besides FEMA itself.

Chief Wonder Bread's picture

That's a really bad idea, except for cannabis, which is not a narcotic.

Blankone's picture

Sean Spicer says recreational cannabis is different than medical marijuana.  Spicer associated their claims of opiate problems with the use of recreational marijuana.  He said the dept of justice will be looking into changing how recreational marijuana is handled.

So, marijuana will be attacked again.  Not hard to do, if only one store in each state is raided by federal agents and those inside arrested on federal charges (felony charges) and they hit a growing site and make felony arrests, then it is all over.

Combine the two issues by Trump, private prisons coming back and the feds going after marijuana, and you wonder who is invested in private prisons and has Trumps ear.


(Just wait, increased use of asset forfeiture without a conviction or even charges may also be on the agenda.)

Abaco's picture

I for one hope such raids are met with overhwelming suppresive firepower.

gatorengineer's picture

Yeah, let's decriminalize Heroin, Oxy, and Meth.....  That way I can work a third job to pay for all of the crime and hospital stays.....


auricle's picture

Trump was the last hope for liberty minded people. If he fails, many people will simply stop voting in the next election. 

Billy the Poet's picture

They will do something other than vote.

chunga's picture

It looks like sooner or later we won't have any choice.

t0mmyBerg's picture

Sessions is going to be a fucking disaster as AG

Elco the Constitutionalist's picture
Elco the Constitutionalist (not verified) francis_the_wonder_hamster Feb 23, 2017 11:38 PM

Our "winner take all" election system means a 3rd party is not a viable solution. Human nature has certain limitations.

Ignatius's picture

Privatized prisons = perverse incentive

Fuck you, Sessions.

The central planners's picture

Im beggining to ask myself whats worst the establisment or trump?

847328_3527's picture

Not only, "Lock her up" but "Lock her up in Gitmo!"

Akzed's picture

Moral hazard: govt's default position.

knukles's picture

Only if you can't figure out your gender after Bubba's done with your ass.

Philo Beddoe's picture

Like those baboons that look like that have a split maraschino cherries strapped to their asses. 

knukles's picture

Exactly, Philo!  That's exactly what I was thinking of.  Baboon butts.  Big wiggly red baboon butts. 
Cover shot of Wookie Wear Daily?

Sure glad the Trump ladies aren't gonna be wearing the designs their predecessor did.
Baboon butts.
I was more of a leg man myself ....

TwelveOhOne's picture

Was shifted to formula too early; I resonate with "Look Who's Talking?" -- "lunch!"

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Private imprisonment is a nauseating concept.

If there is not enough prison space and/or prisons have become too costly to operate, there is a simple, cost-effective solution: less laws.

LetThemEatRand's picture

Well said.  Phasing out private prisons was one of the few things Obama got right.   

Sanity Bear's picture

A profit motive for imprisonment is one of the more perverse features of modern America.

Nobody For President's picture

I'm glad I am not the only one who got just a bit uneasy with the  ..."impaired the Bureau's ability to meet the future needs of the federal correctional system" line.


We already have world record stats on prison population:

chunga's picture

Trying my best to stay positive. It's not easy with shit like this.

Sessions has made it clear he opposes marijuana legalization

“Good people don’t smoke marijuana,” he’s on record saying.

pods's picture

Yep, another statist fucktard who is going to do what's best for us, even if it happens to kill us along the way.

Sessions is probably another secret kiddy diddler or crackhead. 

Any pictures of him with that mayor or Toronto floating around?

I forgot how bad it was when the right was in control. Mind you, it sucked when the left was in control too, but I hate more than anything those who think it is their duty to protect me from life.


knukles's picture

I'd be pretty damned happy if everybody quit trying to save me from myself. 

francis_the_wonder_hamster's picture

<<I'd be pretty damned happy if everybody quit trying to save me from myself. >>

We'll let you know what makes you happy.

knukles's picture

We the non-believers of the Establishment Propaganda were indeed hoping for a few little Libertarian tidbits .....
Mr President.  If you'd legalize everything (like Portugal long ago) you'd find that the criminal immigrant problem largely disappears, cost of drug war and incarceration disappear and lots of folks will vote for you.  New voters.  Brand new ones!
Then the Mexicans Would Get Really Pissed!

deer_flasher's picture

Actually, we would be happier... Average middle class mexicans don't dream of going to the US to work, you guys pay way too much taxes and are over-regulated, aside from cartel related violence, it is much more peaceful here to live.

On the subject of legalization, it would be better for both countries the legalization of drugs, you can tax drugs and regulate their use in a safer way, and we would have a lesser amount of violence, it's a win-win.

On the hate of mexicans, you hate chicanos and immigrants, not middle class. I don't hate US citizens, I have a certain dislike for chicanos that left mexico, but that is off topic.

I buy stuff from the US (machining equipment not manufactured in mexico and most consumables for it) and you guys buy stuff from us, whatever it might be.

The only ones triggered by trump's rethoric are the so called political class in mexico, the SOBs that screwed everyone and act like they give a damn for the middle and lower classes, which they don't of course, for the most part, at least the middle class mexicans, are not even bothered by trumps alleged ''winning'' or his out of his ass ideas.

Trump gave you a common enemy, someone to hate, ''mexicans'' in this case, to rally the masses like sheep and place him in power, and well, it worked, now he will get richer and all his buddies as well. Cheap politics, the same we have in mexico, and you guys fell for it.

demi urge's picture

I like you deer_flasher. Please stick around.

Akzed's picture

Don't swallow the bait that ANYONE up here hates Mexicans. My landscaper and snow removal guy is Mexican, he's a US citizen, and he's great. What normal Gringos hate is the scofflaw, the illegal alien who is here to cause problems and game our systems. I grew up in a neighborhood of German and Spanish LEGAL immigrants. And hillbillies. The Germans and Spanish were preferable to the hillbillies, believe you me.

dark pools of soros's picture

But he did say he doesn't really give a damn if it is a law or not.. just that as long as it is a law he isn't the one to go against it.. says that Congress just has to change the law...  So everyone should get off their ass and put down the bong long enough to get their congresstrannies to change the law.  Just change it to give power to the states.. that is best for everyone..  there can still be states where it is illegal if enough people care to live in those places.


“It’s not so much the attorney general’s job to decide what laws to enforce. We should do our jobs and enforce laws effectively as we’re able,” Sessions said during his hearing. “The U.S. Congress made the possession of marijuana in every state — and the distribution — an illegal act. If that’s something that’s not desired any longer, Congress should pass a law to change the rule.”

BarkingCat's picture

Any law that prohibits narcotics is unconstitutional. 

At least when the politicians wanted to mame alcohol illegal they went about it correctly and actually changed the constitution using the amendment process.

Yes, prohibition was idiotic. It has caused lots of damage as well as death.

Those politicians concluded that they made a mistake and went through the constitutional amendment process again and corrected the problem they created.

Cannot say the same about any politicians that came after them. Too stupid to even learn from recent history.