Private Prisons Memo Could Signal More Immigrant Lockups – NBC News
Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he wants to maintain contracts with private prisons because he’s concerned about meeting the federal correctional system’s “future needs.” But he hasn’t said what those needs might be.
The answer may lie in the Trump administration’s hardline approach to immigration enforcement.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons’ 20-year relationship with privately run lockups hinges on the housing of immigrants. Almost all of the 21,405 people currently serving time in one of those low-security facilities have been designated as “criminal aliens” ─ non-citizens who will likely be deported after they serve their sentences, according to bureau statistics.
Most have been convicted either of drug offenses or of immigration-related crimes, such as trying to re-enter the United States after already being deported, according to the agency.
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