A legal fight over private prisons

Fri, January 03, 2020 10:56 AM | Marsha Grant (Administrator)

A private prison company filed suit on Monday to block Assembly Bill 32, which prohibits California from contracting with for-profit, private prisons.

The GEO Group owns and operates private federal detention facilities and filed its complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. The lawsuit alleges that AB 32’s intent is to “undermine and eliminate the congressionally funded and approved enforcement of federal criminal and immigration law” by government agencies.

“This transparent attempt by the state to shut down the federal government’s detention efforts within California’s borders is a direct assault on the supremacy of federal law, and it cannot stand,” the filing includes.

The lawsuit reflects California’s immigrant-friendly status as a sanctuary state and its effort to undermine federal enforcement agencies tasked with carrying out President Donald Trump’s harsher immigration policies.

Advocates against for-profit detention centers denounced the filing as a way to ensure tax dollars go toward prison companies rather than community needs. Read the full article here

A map showing the ten detention facilities in California that housed either detainees or unaccompanied children from fiscal years 2013-14 through 2017-18.

image  source: City and County Contracts With U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

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