California closer to closing private prisons with new law if sign by Gov. Newsom

Assemblyman Rob Bonta, from Alameda saids that corporations that run private prisons put making money for their shareholders above rehabilitating inmates. 

In January during his inaugural address Gov. Newsom promised to “end the outrage that is private prisons in the state of California once and for all.” Read Full Bill:::: Photo : Assemblyman Rob Bonta Existing law establishes the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and sets forth its powers and duties regarding the administration of correctional facilities and the care and custody of inmates. Existing law, until January 1, 2020, authorizes the Secretary of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to enter into one or more agreements with private entities to obtain secure housing capacity in the state or in another state, upon terms and conditions deemed necessary and appropriate to the secretary.

Existing law, until January 1, 2020, authorizes the secretary to enter into agreements for the transfer of prisoners to, or placement of prisoners in, community correctional centers, and to enter into contracts to provide housing, sustenance, and supervision for inmates placed in community correctional centers.

This bill, on or after January 1, 2020, would prohibit the department from entering into or renewing a contract with a private, for-profit prison to incarcerate state prison inmates, but would not prohibit the department from renewing or extending a contract to house state prison inmates in order to comply with any court-ordered population cap. 

The bill would also prohibit, after January 1, 2028, a state prison inmate or other person under the jurisdiction of the department from being incarcerated in a private, for-profit prison facility. This bill would also prohibit, with exceptions, the operation of a private detention facilit