JOE BIDEN has ordered the US government to end the use of federally run private prisons in an attempt make sweeping changes towards racial equity.
Biden said the move is the first step to "stop corporation from profiting off of incarceration that is less humane and safe."
What did Joe Biden say about private prisons?
On January 26, the president ordered the Department of Justice to end its reliance on private prisons.
While on the campaign trail, Biden had vowed to end federal government use of all private prisons, including ICE facilities.
Biden's order directs the attorney general not to renew Justice Department contract with privately-run criminal detention facilities.
“This is a first step to stop corporations from profiting off of incarceration,” he said.
The federal Bureau of Prisons had already opted not to renew some private prison contracts in recent months as the number of inmates dwindled and thousands were released to home confinement because of the coronavirus pandemic.
What is Biden doing about racial equality?
Moments before he signed the executive order on private prisons, Biden said the US government needs to change "its whole approach" towards racial equality.
“We must change now,” the president said. “I know it’s going to take time, but I know we can do it. And I firmly believe the nation is ready to change. But government has to change as well.”