Statement by Secretary Jeh C. Johnson on Establishing a Review Of Privatized Immigration Detention
Homeland Security
Aug 29, 2016

“On August 18, the Department of Justice announced that the Bureau of Prisons will reduce and ultimately end its use of private prisons. On Friday, I directed our Homeland Security Advisory Council, chaired by Judge William Webster, to evaluate whether the immigration detention operations conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement should move in the same direction.  Specifically, I have asked that Judge Webster establish a Subcommittee of the Council to review our current policy and practices concerning the use of private immigration detention and evaluate whether this practice should be eliminated.  I asked that the Subcommittee consider all factors concerning ICE’s detention policy and practice, including fiscal considerations.”

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