"To change the whole approach of the US government and end the racial injustice," President Joe Biden signed the orders to end the use of private prison. He ordered the US justice Department to stop relying on Private Prison.
President also acknowledged the central role that the government has played in the implementation of discriminatory housing policies.
Biden urged for the need to change. He said, “I know it (the change) is going to take time, but I know we can do it. And I firmly believe the nation is ready to change. But the government has to change as well."
President later tweeted, "No one should be profiteering off of our criminal justice system. That’s why today, I ordered the Department of Justice to end the use of private prisons by the federal government."
The year 2020 was the year of protests against institutional racism and people rising above for the necessity of changing the system.
President also issued orders that will recommit the Government to respect tribal sovereignty and disavow the discrimination against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders amidst coronavirus pandemic.
He also directed the Department of Housing and Urban development to take steps that will ensure equitable housing policies.
"The order signed today is an important first step toward acknowledging the harm that has been caused and taking actions to repair it," David Fathi, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's National Prison Project said, "President Biden has an obligation to do more, especially given his history and promises."
The more than 14,000 federal inmates housed at privately-managed facilities represent a fraction of the nearly 152,000 federal inmates currently incarcerated.