Biden: No More Private Prisons – DC Watchdog

Biden: No More Private Prisons

Today, with an executive order that might find support on both sides of the political divide, President Joe Biden signed an executive order that will phase out the use of private prisons for federal convicts.


President Joe Biden ordered his Department of Justice on Tuesday to phase out its contracts with private prisons, one of multiple new planks of Biden’s broad-focused racial justice agenda,” according to CNBC. [emphasis added]

Biden signed four additional executive actions after laying out his racial equity plan at the White House. The actions are aimed at combating discriminatory housing practices, reforming the prison system, respecting sovereignty of Tribal governments and fighting xenophobia against Asian Americans, especially in light of the Covid pandemic

The actions are the latest in a sweeping first-week flex of presidential powers. Here’s what Biden signed Tuesday afternoon, according to a preview provided by senior administration officials:

An executive order directing Biden’s attorney general to not renew DOJ contracts with privately operated criminal detention facilities…” [emphasis added]

For more on this significant story, please go to CNBC.

Please share your opinion in the comment section. Do you agree with Bien’s decision to phase out private prisons? Why or why not?