Private Prison Corporation Sues the State of California

Private Prison Corporation Sues the State of California

Los Angeles

The private prison corporation GEO Group Inc. recently awarded two five-year extensions to operate detention centers in the state—one in Adelanto with a 2,690-bed capacity and another in Bakersfield with an 1,800-bed capacity—has repaid the state’s largesse by filing suit against the state.  Collectively according to an AP report the extended contracts are worth more than $3.7 billion, but GEO Group Inc. wants more. In its suit GEO claims a new ban on for-profit prisons in California is unconstitutional. The ban was established with Governor Newsom’s signing of Assembly Bill 32, in October. GEO has claimed the law unlawfully undermines enforcement criminal and immigration law. The state has also garnered criticism from immigration advocates for approving the extension just under the wire of the Implementation of AB 32 that made the renewal of such contracts in the state illegal. AB 32 not only bars the renewal of contracts with operators of private prisons in the future, it also bans the use of private immigration detention facilities in the state of California. The measure became effective January 1, 2020. The lawsuit specifically names Governor Gavin Newsom and State Attorney General Xavier Becerra. There are currently four ICE detention centers in the state, all of which are operated by private prison companies. With its high immigrant population California is among the state’s leading the fight against the Trump administration on this important and controversial issue.

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