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The Justice Department will be phasing out the use of private prisons, citing safety concerns as well as their lack of rehabilitative services. We asked Natasha Frost, a mass incarceration expert, to explain how this directive might affect for-profit prisons at the state level and whether the presidential election could impact the DOJ’s new policy.
Private prisons are a particularly hot topic these days, the setting of the Netflix dramedy Orange is the New Black and the subject of a recent 35,000-word Mother Jones exposé. Here, Natasha Frost, associate professor in Northeastern’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, explains how for-profit prisons are changing the criminal justice system.
Only 6.7 percent of federal inmates in America’s prisons are female, according to April 2015 data from the Federal Bureau of Prisons. And Piper Chapman is one of them. Well, not exactly. Chapman is the main character in Orange is the New Black, the hit Netflix series set in a fictional federal women-only prison.