August 2016: U.S. Will Phase Out Private Prisons
Updated August 5, 2020 | Infoplease Staff
Here's a slideshow depicting the major U.S. news events of August 2016.
1. CDC Issues Zika Warning 2. U.S. Launches Airstrikes Against ISIS in Libya 3. DNC Cleans House 4. Mobsters Arrested 5. Delta Is Grounded 6. First U.S. Zika Death 7. Michael Phelps, Golden Boy 8. ESPN's John Saunders Dies 9. Deadly Police Stop Sparks Violence in Milwaukee 10. Cash Payment to Iran Tied to Prisoner Release 11. Gawker Shuts Down 12. U.S. To Phase Out Private Prisons 13. Manafort Resigns from Trump Campaign 14. Federal Judge Rejects Obama's Transgender Bathroom Regulations 15. Actor and Funnyman Gene Wilder Dies
- U.S. Will Phase Out Private Prisons
- Sally Yates, the deputy attorney general, announces on August 18, 2016, that the Department of Justice will begin to scale back the use of private prisons. This is due to the harsh conditions in for-profit private prisons. Often, these prisons are overcrowded to maximize profits, prisoners are subject to solitary confinement in order to make use of the beds, and services such as medical care is scarce. Out of the 2.3 million people in prisons in the United States, 193,000 are in federal prisons and 22,000 are in for-profit facilities. The total prison population has fallen since 2013 and private prisons are not as urgently needed as they once were. This plan will eventually end the use of private prisons.
- Photo source: AP Photo/Charlie Litchfield, File