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Amnesty International USA Responds to Announcement that DOJ Will End Use of Private Prisons

August 18, 2016

Reports have shown that the federal government has failed to adequately oversee privately operated prisons that do not meet human rights standards, resulting in dangerous conditions for prisoners and staff,” said Pabitra Benjamin, interim campaign director for criminal justice at Amnesty International USA. 

“This is a welcome step toward much-needed reform in the U.S. criminal justice system. State governments overseeing private prisons should take note and undertake similar reform.”