|California’s private prison ban isn’t a ban at all|
Someone should have noticed that none of the major private prison companies opposed California’s Assembly Bill 32, the bill that aimed to ban private prisons.
That’s because California’s ban on private prisons isn’t a ban even though legislators and advocates advertise AB32 that way. Calling it a ban that signals a bigger victory than it is and takes our eyes off the future threats of privatization.
The law bans private detention facilities, but has specific carve-outs that will allow private prison companies to continue to do business in California. Specifically, the law says that it doesn’t apply to: “any facility providing educational, vocational, medical, or other ancillary services to an inmate” or “any privately owned property or facility that is leased and operated” by a law enforcement agency or any private, for-profit prison facility “to provide housing for state prison inmates in order to comply with the requirements of any court-ordered population cap.”
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