California Governor, Gavin Newsom, has passed a bill under which California ends private prisons and immigrant detention centers.
Under the new policy, passed on Friday, California ends the use of private prisons and immigrant detention centers by 2018.
After January 1, 2020, the new law will prohibit the state from signing fresh contracts or renewing contracts with any private prisons and immigration detention centers.
Governor said in a statement, “During my inaugural address, I vowed to end private prisons, because they contribute to over-incarceration, including those that incarcerate California inmates and those that detain immigrants and asylum seekers. These for-profit prisons do not reflect our values.”
Following the new law, Assembly Democratic Member, Rob Bonta, who sponsored the law, said that it’s a “historic moment for California,” adding that through taking this step we are sending a strong gesture that we are so concerned about the safety, health, and welfare of people.
According to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, their legal hand is reviewing the new bill although ICE is not in the favor of such law.
It says that “The idea that state law can bind the hands of a federal law enforcement agency managing a national network of detention facilities is simply false.”
According to ICE said if the bill takes effect, the agency will need to transfer prisoners to centers outside California.
As per ICE, the results would be faced by “residents of California who would be forced to travel greater distances to visit friends and family in custody.”
Currently, the stated has 4 contracts with private prisons and detention centers managed by private companies in California.
Back in 2018, after an unexpected visit of the Adelanto ICE Processing Center, an immigration detention center run by the GEO Group – a Department of Homeland Security watchdog, revealed that they observed lack of medical services for people in the custody, filthy conditions in the bathrooms, and poor food service.
Moreover, a report issued by the Department of Homeland Security in 2018 also indicated concerns regarding the misuse of solitary imprisonment and looses found hanging in cells at the Adelanto center.