By Drew Atkins and Kelsey Hamlin
Late last month, the Department of Justice announced it’s cutting ties with the private prison industry. In the coming years, the department will take control of the 14 federal prisons currently managed through contracts with private companies, none located in the Pacific Northwest. But a subsequent announcement has regional implications: following a letter from Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Raul , Grijalva, the Department of Homeland Security may follow the DOJ’s lead, and take “detention centers” for undocumented immigrants away from for-profit companies.
That includes the only place where prison corporations operate in the region: the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma.