Banning private for-profit prisons

On September 17, 2015 Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) introduced bills to ban private prisons, reinstate the federal parole system and eliminate quotas for the number of immigrants held in detention.

The Justice Is Not for Sale Act bars the federal government from contracting with private companies starting two years after the bill is passed. It reinstates the federal parole system, which was abolished in 1984 and increases the oversight over companies that provide banking and telephone services for inmates.

In the past few weeks, more than 168,000 activists have joined together in signing a petition urging Congress to ban private, for-profit prisons by passing Senator Bernie Sanders' Justice Is Not For Sale Act. We encourage you to add your name to this petition and support this important prison reform bill.

Sign the Petition

I applaud Congress for taking a hard look at the role private for-profit prisons have had in increasing incarceration rates. In the last four decades America has dramatically increased incarceration. This is not a result of increased crime, rather an increase in convictions and longer sentences. In fact, crime rates have remained historically low during this same period. This bill is a another positive move toward the reform our criminal justice system truly needs.
— Judith Belk, Ph.D., Better People Board President