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After blistering IG report, Justice Department says it's ending the use of private prisons

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The Justice Department said Thursday in a memo that it will be phasing out the use of private prisons. 

The plan, from Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, is to decline or not renew the prisons' contracts when they run out, or "substantially reduce" the contracts' scope with the goal of "ultimately ending" use of private prisons, The Washington Post reports.  No timeline was given.

Last week, the department released a report that criticized safety procedures at private prisons.

Here's part of the memo.

The impact of the DOJ decision is already affecting the private prison industry.

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Private prisons have been widely criticized for a greater rate of instances of inmate injury or death in prison than in government-run facilities.

"Private prisons don't compare favorably to Bureau of Prisons facilities in terms of safety, or security or services. We have both the opportunity and the responsibility to do something about that," Yates told the Post.

A recent Mother Jones story where a reporter got a job as a prison guard revealed brutal deficiencies in the system.

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