Will Shutting Down Private Prisons Make the Country Better?

First Step in Shutting Private Prisons via The New York Times

First Step in Shutting Private Prisons
via The New York Times

Inside the administration’s $1 billion deal to detain Central American asylum seekers via The Washington Post

Inside the administration’s $1 billion deal to detain Central American asylum seekers
via The Washington Post

THE BASICS: The United States Department of Justice recently announced to close the thirteen federally run private prisons in the nation after an official study concluded that the facilities are too expensive and ineffective at providing safety and rehabilitation. The editorial board of the New York Times argues shutting down private prisons on a federal level is good because it will prompt the Department of Homeland Security to make similar decisions to be made on the state level, whereas Chico Haran of the Washington Post argues this measure is practically ineffective because it will not put an end to the four-year, $1 billion dollar contract that the Obama Administration signed with the Corrections Corporation of America that is responsible for the booming detention of immigrants.