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Justice Department Says It Will End Private Prison Use

Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates announced the decision on Thursday

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    File photo of the view of the Justice Department in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015.

    The Justice Department says it's phasing out its relationships with private prisons after a recent audit found the private facilities have more safety and security problems than ones run by the government.

    Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates has instructed federal officials to significantly reduce reliance on private prisons.

    As of December 2015, more than 22,000 federal inmates — or about 12 percent of the total — were in private facilities. That's according to report this month from the Justice Department's inspector general.

    The government began to rely on private prisons in the late 1990s due to overcrowding.

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    A pig who escaped slaughter is now living out her life in a South African sanctuary and painting original works that have sold for up to $2,000.

    "She was really small when I rescued her," said Joanne Lefson, who manages the South African Farm Sanctuary, a haven for rescued farm animals where the pig now lives. "She's very smart and intelligent so I placed a few balls and some paintbrushes and things in her pen, and it wasn't long before I discovered that she really liked the bristles and the paintbrush...She just really took a knack for it."

    Funds from the art sales go towards the sanctuary.

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    In her memo Thursday, Yates says the decline in the prison population over the past three years contributes to the decision not to renew private prison contracts.