WASHINGTON Feb 23 The U.S. Justice Department has rescinded a memo issued by the Obama administration that phased out the use of private contractors to run federal prisons.
In a memo dated on Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the Obama policy impaired the government's ability to meet the future needs of the prison system. The Obama administration said privately operated prisons were less safe and a poor substitute for government-run facilities.
(Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Eric Walsh)
UPDATE 1-Bitcoin exchange operator tied to hacks gets 5-1/2 years U.S. prison
NEW YORK, June 27 A Florida man was sentenced on Tuesday to 5-1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty to operating an illegal bitcoin exchange suspected of laundering money for hackers and linked to a data breach at JPMorgan Chase & Co.