September 2019

California Legislation Passed to Ban Private Prisons

Lawmakers in California successfully passed a bill on Sept. 12 that will end the use of private prisons in the state by 2028. This includes the future closure of four major Immigration Enforcement Agency (ICE) facilities located in California. AB32 will also prevent any private prison contracts from being introduced or renewed in the state after Jan. 1, 2020. According to Assemblyman Rob Bonta, author of the bill, private prisons are largely run by for-profit companies. Assemblyman Rob Bonta, via ‘The Guardian’ Governor Gavin Newsom is expected to sign the bill into law, as he made a campaign pledge in 2018 to ban private prisons.