Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called for prison reform Friday, criticizing the American private jail system and sentencing practices.
In a series of tweets, Clinton said the United States needs to end private prisons and mass incarceration. Clinton also criticized punishment for drug offenses and other aspects of criminal justice that she said disproportionately affect African-Americans.
State and federal prisons held an estimated 1.56 million inmates at the end of last year, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. About 19 and 7 percent of federal and state prisoners, respectively, were held in private facilities.