California bans private prisons and immigrant detention centers | Fox News

“These Wall Street-owned for-profit, private facilities inhumanely treat people as commodities. These companies are incentivized to maximize profits and minimize costs — including the important ‘costs’ of investments in programs, services and rehabilitation efforts that reduce recidivism rates and increase success for Californians upon their reentry into society,” said Assemblyman Bonta.

California became dependent on private prisons after a federal court ruled in 2009 that the state had to reduce its prison population to 137.5 percent of intended capacity, The San Francisco Chronicle reported.

The state has nearly 130,000 prison inmates, with another 82,220 in local jails. As of 2017, it spent $13.5 billion on correction expenditures annually, according to The Sentencing Project.

With the ban, California joins New York, Illinois and Iowa in implementing restrictions on private prisons.
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