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Van Hollen Questions Private Prison Policy

April 3rd, 2017 by WCBC Radio

Today U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) wrote to Attorney General Jeff Sessions about the Department of Justice’s decision to continue to use private prisons. The Senators are deeply concerned about the decision and are asking a series of questions to foster transparency and to ensure scrutiny of the issue doesn’t stop.

“We write to seek clarity about your recent decision to rescind former Attorney General Sally Yates’s order to the federal Bureau of Prisons to reduce the federal government’s use and reliance on private prisons…. We are concerned that your decision to shift policy, and no longer reduce the federal government’s use and reliance on private prisons, will hinder recent progress towards reforming our broken criminal justice system,” the Senators wrote. “We are also concerned that your decision to increase the use of private prisons lends the appearance of rewarding campaign donors.”

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