Stop Private Prisons!

Please join T.J. Donovan and Rights & Democracy calling for a ban on the use of private prisons by the State of Vermont.  The Department of Justice just announced that the federal government will no longer contract with private prisons. Vermont should follow their lead.

Target: The Vermont Legislature

We believe the use of private prisons should be eliminated in Vermont. We ask the Vermont Legislature to pass a ban of their use in order to stop the practice of sending Vermonters to out-of-state, for-profit prisons.*

Background: The US private prison industry has exploded as a multi-billion dollar industry which turns incarcerated people into Wall Street profits.  For years, Vermont has been sending overflow prisoners to out-of-state, for-profit private prisons from Kentucky to Michigan. As the ACLU writes: “The root of the problem: all for-profit prison corporations are in the very business of generating the greatest possible profits, by any means necessary. Providing safe and humane conditions of confinement to the human beings in their custody is — at best — a distant secondary goal. The private prison industry has been a key player over the past two decades in driving the explosion of mass incarceration in the US. Families, communities, and state and local government have suffered terribly from the mass incarceration binge; the only clear winner is the private prison industry and its stockholders, making billions in revenues.”

More Resources:

Vermonters for Criminal Justice Reform:

Rights & Democracy Vermont:

T.J. Donovan for VT Attorney General:  

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