The independent Senator from Vermont says he will introduce a new criminal justice bill this week, calling the current system ‘broken.’
In a statement, Sanders said, his legislation will “eliminate federal, state and local contracts for privately run prisons within 2 years.”
He said that it would reinstate the federal parole system, increase oversight and eliminate the overcharging of prisoners by private companies for banking and other services.
Sanders’ campaign says that 8 per cent of persons incarcerated in state and federal prisons are in privately-owned facilities.
On the campaign trail over the past few months, Sanders has been calling for criminal justice reform, and has on several occasions labeled the system ‘broken’.