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International Business Times
December 5, 2017

As The Criminal Justice System Changes, So Does A Private Prison Giant
By Lydia O'Neal

Recovering drug attics and prisoners gradually working to reenter society weren’t always a major focus for private prisons, which housed 62 percent of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention beds in 2016 and close to a fifth of federal inmates in 2014. But while the number of “holds” by ICE of undocumented immigrants in the U.S., a population fueling growth in the use of private prisons, ticked up to nearly 14,000 in the first few months of Donald Trump’s presidency, that figure is roughly half ICE’s 2011 peak, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), a Syracuse University data organization. Federal criminal prosecutions have taken a dip as well under the new administration, falling 12 percent from a year earlier and 31 percent compared to five years earlier, TRAC found.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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