Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton pledged Thursday to ban the use of private prison companies if elected president, and in the meantime will stop accepting campaign contributions from those corporations and the lobbyists who work for them.
All previous donations will be given to charity, the former secretary of state's campaign said.
"Hillary Clinton has said we must end the era of mass incarceration, and as president, she will end private prisons and private immigrant detention centers," campaign spokeswoman Xochitl Hinojosa said in a statement Thursday night. "She believes that we should not contract out this core responsibility of the federal government, and when we’re dealing with a mass incarceration crisis, we don’t need private industry incentives that may contribute -- or have the appearance of contributing -- to over-incarceration."
Hinojosa said the policy against accepting contributions tied to private prison companies "is only one of many ways that she believes we need to rebalance our criminal justice and immigration systems."
Okay well this is huge!
These for profit private prisons are part of the reason that we put so many people behind bars in this country, and yes it is well past time that we do away with them.
I think this along with Hillary's courageous stand on gun control, and her performance during that Benghazi hearing, are solidifying her lead in this campaign season in a way that will make her very difficult to stop in both the primary and the general.
At this point if you are still convinced that Hillary cannot win in 2016 then I would like a sip of whatever you are drinking. Because it must be mind blowing.