Sanders to introduce bill to abolish private prisons

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Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont independent Senator Bernie Sanders will introduce a bill to abolish private prisons.

When Congress reconvenes in September, Senator Sanders says he will introduce legislation that will take ‘corporations out of profiteering from running jails’.

Sanders made the announcement at a campaign rally in Reno, Nevada the other day, to a crowd of thousands of supporters, some watching on from a multi-level parking complex nearby.

“It is morally repugnant and a national tragedy that we have privatized prisons all over America,” Sanders says on his website.

Today, for-profit companies are responsible for approximately 6 percent of state prisoners and 16 percent of federal prisoners.

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