WASHINGTON – American Federation of Government Employees Council of Prison Locals National President Shane Fausey today issued the following statement following President Biden’s signing of an executive order to phase out the federal use of private prisons:
“The Council of Prison Locals has long opposed the use of private prisons to house offenders remanded to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
“We applaud the actions of President Biden, Vice President Harris, their administration, and transition teams in this swift and decisive action. It has been proven time and again that the loyal public servants of the Bureau of Prisons are the quintessential correctional law enforcement professionals. They house, confine, and protect those who have committed a crime against our citizens and the American way of life; they do so more cost effectively, more efficiently, and much safer than their for-profit counterparts. No one is better suited nor has better prepared offenders for their return to society. The empirical data and studies supporting the dedication of our professional law enforcement employees is indisputable.
“Profiting from the incarceration of American citizens transcends our moral conscience. When incarceration becomes necessary, we must do it as safely as possible, while balancing the importance of preparing offenders to reintegrate into society. For those offenders that are too dangerous to return to society, we must house them humanely while prioritizing the absolute safety of our officers and employees. Every American deserves the protection our employees dedicate their lives to ensure, and the taxpayers deserve the cost effectiveness and efficiency in which we do it. We will continue to protect America, just as we have done for more than a century.”
The Council of Prison Locals represents more than 30,000 federal law enforcement professionals who secure more than 100 Federal Bureau of Prisons facilities across the country.