For Immediate Release
Thursday, February 23, 2017
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on Justice Department Private Prisons AnnouncementWASHINGTON —
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders issued the following statement on the Justice Department’s reversal of the Obama Administration decision to phase out the federal government’s use of private prisons:
“Corrections officers working in our federal, state and local prisons have some of the most dangerous jobs imaginable. They put themselves in harm’s way to protect their communities. They deserve our respect and gratitude, because they never quit putting public service and public safety first.
“Today’s Justice Department decision, however, puts corporate interests first. It’s been demonstrated time and time again that prisons-for-profit provide less security at a higher cost to taxpayers. And they contribute to the mass incarceration epidemic that is devastating so many communities.
“Private prisons are dangerous and overcrowded, with inexperienced staff and unsanitary conditions. At all levels of government, we should be phasing them out, not propping them up.”