Bernie Sanders is planning to introduce a bill that would end the for-profit prison industry
"Corporations should not be allowed to make a profit by building more jails and keeping more Americans behind bars," Sanders says.
At a campaign rally in Nevada on Tuesday, Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders told a gathered crowd that he would introduce a bill aimed at ending the for-profit prison industry, supplementing an already comprehensive racial justice reform package targeting racial violence in the physical, political, legal, and economic spheres.
“When Congress reconvenes in September, I will be introducing legislation which takes corporations out of profiteering from running jails,” Sanders said, following remarks on broader issues of racial violence such as improving police-community relations and rolling back widespread mass incarceration.
In video footage of the rally, Sanders’ remark on private prisons (1:03:20 mark) is met with loud cheers and applause.