The governor of California signed a bill into law on Friday that bans private prisons in the state, including privately-run immigration detention facilities. The facilities will be phased out, prohibiting the state from renewing or signing contracts with these facilities after January 1, 2020. All private facilities will be out of use by 2028. USCIS currently has legal staff reviewing the bill, but said if the law goes into effect, immigration detainees in the state would be transferred out of California. Prompting the law were concerns that corporations were profiting off of detainees, dangerous and unsanitary conditions, and the misuse of solitary confinement. 

– Weekly Immigration Briefing by Olivia Hester, Immigration Law Analyst at Docketwise

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