On Jan. 26, Biden directed his administration to review that rule change in a first step toward reversing it. In an executive order on that same day, Biden also instructed the Attorney General to not renew contracts with private prison systems.
"This is the first step to stop corporations from profiteering off of incarcerating -- incarceration that is less humane and less safe, as the studies show," Biden said. In his order, he stated that federal prisons needed to prioritize "rehabilitation and redemption."
On Monday, the bishops also praised President Biden for the action, calling it another step forward in the fight for racial equity.
"The bishops have long questioned the efficacy of private companies running prisons, and this step is a positive development in criminal justice reform," the bishops said.
"We encourage the administration to consider similar policies in the future regarding civil immigrant detention facilities," they said. In a 2015 report with the Center for Migration Studies, the USCCB pointed to for-profit detention centers as a problem in immigration policy.
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Biden, in his Jan. 26 memorandum on housing, stated that his administration's policy would be to "work with communities to end housing discrimination, to provide redress to those who have experienced housing discrimination, to eliminate racial bias and other forms of discrimination in all stages of home-buying and renting, to lift barriers that restrict housing and neighborhood choice, to promote diverse and inclusive communities, to ensure sufficient physically accessible housing, and to secure equal access to housing opportunity for all."