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As U.S. signals reversal on private prisons, Minnesota facility is back in play


February 24, 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions signaled Thursday his strong support for the federal government’s continued use of private prisons — reversing a late-Obama-era directive to discontinue their use.

The news, which inspired a surge in the stocks of major private prison companies, broke about one hour after Minnesota Sen. Andrew Lang, R-Olivia, announced plans for a bill that would direct the state to lease or buy Prairie Correctional Facility, a for-profit prison in Appleton, a small community in west-central Minnesota.


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