sunlight shines through the bars of a jail cell

The Obama Administration announced last week that the federal Bureau of Prisons will end its reliance on privately-run, for-profit
prisons. The facilities, which the Justice Department calls unsafe and expensive, currently house about 22,000 inmates, almost all of whom are not U.S. citizens. While the move will do little to reduce the nation’s overall prison population — now numbering more than 2.2 million — supporters say it’s a crucial step in bringing about broader criminal justice reforms. We discuss the details of the policy change and the prevalence of private prisons across the United States.

More Information:

Federal Government to Phase Out Use of Some Private Prisons 6 September,2016Michael Krasny

Guests:
Stan Alcorn, reporter, Reveal News, Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX
Bob Libal, executive director, Grassroots Leadership
Issa Arnita, director, corporate communications, Management and Training Corporation

  • EIDALM

    This is very good move ,we should never have allowed the despicable all for profit corporation to make their bloody money on the incarceration of the least fortunate among us The U S have the highest number of prisoners in the World including that of China which has 5 times as much population ,that is near due to racism ,poverty ,extreme income inequality and the bogus war on drugs.

  • EIDALM

    We can reduce the number of prisoners by near one half in the U S by decriminalizing drugs and treat addicts like patience to be treated and use that bloody money we spent to put them in prison instead to treat them out of addictions.

  • Ben Rawner

    The corporate representative for private prisons points out how private prisons are better by pointing out how government run facilities perform poorly. This is probably because corporations in the US do a feat job obfuscating the facts that make them look bad. It’s morally wrong to make profits off incarcerating people period. ir us directly in their interests to keep people in jail.

  • Noelle

    Shane Bauer going undercover as a prison guard in a Louisiana prison yielded quite an eye-opening report. Not a federal prison, but many instances of cost-cutting he found created lots of problems. Cutting back on medical care and poorly paid guards, for example.

Host

Michael Krasny

Michael Krasny, PhD, has been in broadcast journalism since 1983. He was with ABC in both radio and television and migrated to public broadcasting in 1993. He has been Professor of English at San Francisco State University and also taught at Stanford, the University of San Francisco and the University of California, as well as in the Fulbright International Institutes. A veteran interviewer for the nationally broadcast City Arts and Lectures, he is the author of a number of books, including “Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life” (Stanford University Press) “Spiritual Envy” (New World); “Sound Ideas” (with M.E. Sokolik/ McGraw-Hill); “Let There Be Laughter” (Harper-Collins) as well as the twenty-four lecture series in DVD, audio and book, “Short Story Masterpieces” (The Teaching Company). He has interviewed many of the world’s leading political, cultural, literary, science and technology figures, as well as major figures from the world of entertainment. He is the recipient of many awards and honors including the S.Y. Agnon Medal for Intellectual Achievement; The Eugene Block Award for Human Rights Journalism; the James Madison Freedom of Information Award; the Excellence in Journalism Award from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association; Career Achievement Award from the Society of Professional Journalists and an award from the Radio and Television News Directors Association. He holds a B.A. (cum laude) and M.A. from Ohio University and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin.

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