Letter to House Appropriators Opposing Spending for New Prison Construction, Urges More Funding for Drug Treatment

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September 10, 2012

Our diverse organizations are concerned that Congress may soon consider a Continuing Resolution to fund the federal government into Fiscal Year 2013 at a level that increases funding for the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). The BOP currently operates at a staggering 140% capacity, but new money to add federal prison beds is a misguided solution. The undersigned groups strongly oppose the appropriation of any new funds for the expansion of federal prison capacity or contracting new private prison beds.

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