Jun 21, 2019 - Politics & Policy
Elizabeth Warren's plan to ban private prisons
2020 Democratic candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) released a policy proposal to ban private prisons and detention facilities on Friday.
The big picture: Top 2020 Democrats are laying out detailed policy proposals on criminal justice reform, often attributing the issue to institutional racism and the War on Drugs.
- Some of Warren's 2020 opponents, notably Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Rep. Beto O'Rourke, also want to end "private for-profit prisons."
Details on Warren's proposal:
- Abolish "all contracts that the Bureau of Prisons, ICE, and the U.S. Marshals Service have with private detention providers."
- Make private prisons subject to FOIA, and potentially make them subject to state open records laws.
- Prevent companies from "charging for re-entry, supervision, and probation services."
What she's saying: "This is exploitation, plain and simple. Our criminal and immigration systems are tearing apart communities of color and devastating the poor, including children. Women — especially women of color — are particularly saddled with the financial burden."
Go deeper: Elizabeth Warren on the issues, in under 500 words