Ending Use of Private Prisons

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Since 1998, at least 20 inmates have died from heat-related causes in Texas prisons. In all, more than 70 percent of Texas prisons don’t have air conditioning.

The Department of Justice announced it will phase out its contracts with private prisons, concluding the facilities are neither safe or  effective. Juleyka Lantigua-Williams, staff writer at The Atlantic where she covers criminal justice,  talks about what the historic policy change means for the future of incarceration and some unintended consequences.