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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, August 18th, 2016

Washington, DC -- Statement from Jessica Jackson Sloan, National Director of #cut50, in response to the Justice Department’s recent decision to end the use of private prison:

“Today, President Obama took a stand for human rights, transparency, and accountability. We applaud his administration's actions. But there is still a long way to go before we restore fairness, balance, and human dignity to a criminal justice system that has grown too big, too unfair and too brutal.

There is still an entire “incarceration industry” that profits from the destruction of lives and separation of families.

Private prisons sprung up as a cost-cutting measure for bloated federal and state corrections spending. But we know that the smartest investments we can make in our future is with evidence-based policies that keep families together and communities whole - education, alternative problem-solving courts, and jobs.

This is a historic moment. As the Obama Administration looks for opportunities to take further action on this issue, we hope they also speed up their clemency initiative and fulfill their promise to the thousands of nonviolent drug offenders currently languishing in prison, hoping for a second chance -- but time is running out.”

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#cut50 is a program of The Dream Corps, an organization that links economic, environmental and criminal justice innovators inside a single organization, and supercharges their strategies with world-class partnerships, smart digital tools and national media access.

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