Sign your Organization on to Support the Prison Divestment Movement’s 10 Demands to the new administration.
The new administration is well-positioned to end federal ties with private prisons in their entirety over the next five years. We know that ending private corrections and detention will not fully solve the systemic problems of mass incarceration, criminalization of communities of color, and immigrant detention. But by taking these corporations and their lobbying, campaign contributions, and profiteering out of the equation, we take an important step towards decriminalizing our communities, and open more space to assess what real safety looks like in our communities.
The Prison Divestment Movement has created a transition memo with 10 recommendations to the new administration that will put us on the path to ending mass criminalization and incarceration. Below are the 10 points, you can visit the website to view the complete transition memo.
- Ensure that the Department of Justice follows through on its commitment to phase out all 13 Bureau of Prisons contracts with private prison companies over the next five years.
- Phase out all Department of Homeland Security contracts with private prison companies for the operation of immigration detention facilities managed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement over the next five years.
- Phase out all U.S. Marshals Service contracts with private prison corporations for the operation of prison and jail facilities over the next five years.
- Terminate all other federal contracts with private prison corporations over the next five years, including contracts to operate United States Marshals prisons, jails, detention facilities, re-entry and mental health facilities, and day reporting centers, and contracts to provide electronic monitoring services, as outlined in the below section, Federal Private Corrections By the Numbers.
- Terminate all federal contracts with for-profit companies providing services to individuals before, during and after incarceration or detention, including providers of food services, health services, commissary, phone, and banking services, for people in federal prisons and detention centers. This also includes contracts for privatized probation and parole, transportation of people in federal custody, day-reporting centers, and electronic monitoring of migrants and people with convictions.
- End policies that substantially benefit private prison corporations, including: mandatory detention of immigrants, the immigrant detention bed quota, operation streamline, family detention, mandatory minimum sentences, three-strikes laws, truth-in-sentencing laws, and Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) status for private prisons.
- Re-direct the more than $1.7 billion in federal taxpayer money spent yearly on for-profit immigrant detention, incarceration, re-entry, and ankle monitoring into education, mental health, and community-based re-entry and addiction services.
- Propose financial incentives to state and local governments that commit to reducing their reliance on prisons, jails, probation, and electronic monitoring by innovating diversion, rehabilitative and restorative justice programs in their jurisdictions.
- Investigate and propose restitution for abuses in facilities.
- Investigate and propose restitution for policies promoted by private prisons.