A guard escorts an immigrant detainee from his segregation cell back to general population at the Adelanto Detention Facility in California on Nov. 15, 2013. John Moore / Getty Images file. Featured Image
The California state legislature voted Wednesday to ban for-profit private prisons, including some facilities used by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The bill, which must be signed into law by California Gov. Gavin Newsom in order to take effect, would ban new contracts with private prison facilities in California starting next year, and would phase out their use entirely by 2028. It would also prohibit the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation from imprisoning people at for-profit facilities outside of the state.
Newsom’s office declined to say whether he will sign the bill, but the governor has previously signaled his support for abolishing private prisons. “We will end the outrage of private prisons once and for all,” he said in his inaugural address this January.