Congressman Keith Ellison

Representing the 5th District of Minnesota


Rep. Ellison Statement on Department of Justice’s Decision To End Use of Private Prisons

Aug 18, 2016
Press Release
Washington – Rep. Keith Ellison released the following statement after the Department of Justice announced that it will end the use of private prisons:
“Today’s announcement by the Department of Justice that it will end the use of private prisons will allow us to once again prioritize justice, which should be the sole incentive when taking away someone’s freedom. Never profit. When these private prison corporations began spending millions of dollars lobbying the government for harsher sentencing and immigration laws, our country saw a sharp increase in its prison population – essentially turning millions of people into commodities. Not to mention these private prisons are more expensive, more dangerous, and less effective in rehabilitating than other prisons.
“The DOJ announcement is a good first step and I commend them for taking action. However, in order to ensure we are truly focusing on justice, we must reform our criminal justice system and end the use of private prisons completely.”
Background Info: 
Rep. Keith Ellison co-sponsored the Justice is Not For Sale Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. Raul Grijalva and Sen. Bernie Sanders, which would reform the federal prison system by ending contracts with private prisons and change requirements of ICE facilities to ensure more humane treatment of detainees.