Under Business Section of the Highlights of New California Laws
Elimination of private prisons and immigration detaining centers phased out by 2028. See AB 32 effective January 1, 2020.
Under Assembly Bill No. 32 Chapter 739, effective January 1, 2020, it would be prohibited for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation from entering into or renewing an existing contract with private, for-profit prison facilities. The bill prevents California from holding inmates in for-profit prison facilities starting in 2028. The bill was signed and approved by Governor Gavin Newsom on October 11, 2019. The bill was proposed by Assemblymember Rob Bonta, a Democrat representing Oakland, California. The bill was signed to end private for-profit prisons in California because of their contribution to over-incarceration due to the incentivization of placing individuals into prison for increased profits. On the approval of AB 32, Assemblymember Rob Bonta is quoted in saying “we will stand up for the health, safety, and welfare of our people, and that we are committed to humane treatment for all”