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Biden Will End Federal Use of Private Prisons, But the Order Excludes Immigrant Detention Centers

US News: Claire Hansen - January 26, 2021

An executive order signed by President Joe Biden on Tuesday aiming to end the use of private prisons by the Justice Department does not apply to private facilities used by the Department of Homeland Security to detain immigrants.

The order bars the Justice Department from renewing contracts with private prisons but does not address contracts held by DHS. Biden said during his campaign that he would "make clear that the federal government should not use private facilities for any detention, including detention of undocumented immigrants." It's unclear if the administration is planning future action on the issue.

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