Under Pressure on Immigration, Biden Gives ICE A Pass on Private Prison Ban

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President Joe Biden has cracked down on private prisons run by the Department of Justice, but his new executive order failed to address other private detention facilities run by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its cross-border wing, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Biden signed Executive Order 14006 six days after his inauguration, which directed that “The Attorney General shall not renew Department of Justice contracts with privately operated criminal detention facilities, as consistent with applicable law.”

The move was welcomed by prison reform proponents, who have…

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