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Private prisons news and analysis from The Nation
Yesterday 12:40 pm
Under Trump, the Private-Prison Boom Shows No Sign of Slowing
A conversation with Lauren-Brooke Eisen on her new book on private prisons and the long shadow of mass incarceration.
May 11, 2017
Our Bail-Bond System Is Broken
And it’s hurting society’s most vulnerable communities the most.
March 2, 2017
Jeff Sessions Is a Disgrace to the Justice Department
He didn’t just lie about Russia—he’s put the Trump administration on the wrong side of every major issue.
February 24, 2017
Memo Restoring Use of Private Prisons Is Good News for One Company
There is an obvious trail from Jeff Sessions to a major contractor.
December 21, 2016
Obama’s DOJ Says It One More Time: Private Prisons Aren’t Working
Another audit is perhaps the final piece of official evidence countering Donald Trump’s belief in for-profit incarceration.
Seth Freed Wessler
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December 5, 2016
4 Ways Cities and States Can Become Sanctuaries Now
From providing legal representation to investing in education, localities can help shield immigrants from Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda.
Peter L. Markowitz
November 8, 2016
5 Books You Need to Understand the Origins of Incarceration
October 27, 2016
ICE Plans to Reopen the Very Same Private Prison the Feds Just Closed
Advocates cheered when the Justice Department began shuttering its private prisons. But immigration officials saw an opportunity.
Seth Freed Wessler
August 25, 2016
Why Obama Should Pardon Edward Snowden
Seth Freed Wessler on the power of independent journalism, Amy Wilentz on Jared Kushner, and Ben Wizner on Edward Snowden.
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August 23, 2016
Private Prison Companies Are Embracing Alternatives to Incarceration
They’ve hijacked the language of reform—but for them, it’s still business as usual.