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Will states follow Feds’ lead on phasing out private prisons

Natasha Frost, mass incar­cer­a­tion expert and asso­ciate pro­fessor in the School of Crim­i­nology and Crim­inal Jus­tice, explains how the Justice Department's recent direc­tive might affect for-​​profit prisons at the state level and whether the DOJ could change its policy depending on how this fall’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tion shakes out.

The Jus­tice Depart­ment announced on Thursday that it would begin to phase out the use of pri­vate prisons, citing safety con­cerns as well as their lack of reha­bil­i­ta­tive ser­vices. We asked Natasha Frost, mass incar­cer­a­tion expert and asso­ciate pro­fessor in the School of Crim­i­nology and Crim­inal Jus­tice, to explain how this direc­tive might affect for-profit prisons at the state level and whether the DOJ could change its policy depending on how this fall’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tion shakes out.

Read the Q&A at news@Northeastern.

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