California to phase out use of for-profit prisons, immigration centers

Oct. 11 (UPI) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday signed a bill phasing out all private, for-profit prisons and immigration detention facilities in the state.

The new law comes four months after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said it observed “egregious” violations at the Adelanto Detention Facility, a private immigration detention center. Federal officials said they observed overly restrictive segregation, inadequate medical care, unreported security risks and food safety issues.

“This is truly a historic moment for California. By ending the use of for-profit, private prisons and detention facilities, we are sending a powerful message that we vehemently oppose the practice of profiteering off the backs of Californians in custody, that we will stand up for the health, safety and welfare of our people, and that we are committed to humane treatment for all,” he said.

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