• By The Financial District

BIDEN ORDERS DOJ TO STOP USING PRIVATE PRISONS

President Joe Biden on Tuesday (Wednesday, January 27, 2021, in Manila) ordered the Department of Justice (DOJ) to end its reliance on private prisons and acknowledge the central role government has played in implementing discriminatory housing policies, Aamer Madhani reported for the Associated Press (AP).

In remarks before signing the orders, Biden said the US government needs to change “its whole approach” on the issue of racial equity. He added that the nation is less prosperous and secure because of the scourge of systemic racism.


“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.”


Biden rose to the presidency during a year of intense reckoning on institutional racism in the US. The moves announced Tuesday reflect his efforts to follow through with campaign pledges to combat racial injustice.


Beyond calling on the Justice Department to curb the use of private prisons and address housing discrimination, the new orders will recommit the federal government to respect tribal sovereignty and disavow discrimination against the Asian American and Pacific Islander community over the coronavirus pandemic.


Biden directed the Department of Housing and Urban Development in a memorandum to take steps to promote equitable housing policy. The memorandum calls for HUD to examine the effects of Trump regulatory actions that may have undermined fair housing policies and laws.



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