Senator Bernie Sanders says he’s introducing a criminal justice reform bill, calling the current system “broken.”
“My legislation will eliminate federal, state and local contracts for privately run prisons within 2 years. It will reinstate the federal parole system. It will increase oversight and eliminate the overcharging of prisoners by private companies for banking and other services,” said Sanders.
Sanders, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, added that it would “end the mandatory quota of immigrants detained. It will require ICE to improve the monitoring of detention facilities and eliminate private detention centers within 2 years.”
According to the Sanders campaign, more than 8 percent of those incarcerated in state and federal prisons are in facilities that are privately owned, and most of those detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are being held in private facilities.
Sanders has long been a proponent of criminal justice system reform in the United States.
He said in South Carolina late last month that no other presidential candidate “will fight harder not only to end institutional racism, but to make fundamental changes in our broken criminal justice system.”
“We need bold change in our criminal justice system,” Sanders added. “We need to end the tragic reality that the United States has more people in jail than any other country on earth, and that the people being incarcerated are disproportionately black and Hispanic.”