Last week was a turning point. The U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) announcement that it will wind down its use of private prisons is a major step in the struggle to end for-profit incarceration in America.
Despite the bizarre politics on display in Cleveland, sometimes knowing where someone stands on an issue is pretty straightforward. We can be sure about this: The private prison industry doesn't share our goal of ending mass incarceration.
More and more Americans--including leaders from both political parties--agree that our criminal justice system is broken. There's no debate: mass incarceration is neither cost-effective for taxpayers nor safe for our communities.
Common-sense immigration reform has the multibillion-dollar private prison industry shaking in its boots. Its lobbyists are actively targeting members of congressional budget and appropriations committees to not only maintain, but increase incarceration of migrants.