Gloria Moves to End Private Prisons in California

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Assemblymember Gloria Looks to Terminate California’s Involvement with For-Profit, Private Prisons

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) announced that he is joint authoring legislation, AB 32, to end the practice of for-profit, private prisons in California. If passed, the State of California would be prohibited from contracting with private, for-profit prison companies starting January 2020.

Private prisons are a practice that should have never been permitted in California, and it’s time we end their presence,” said Assemblymember Todd Gloria. “For-profit prisons do not serve the best interests of Californians nor are they in line with our values. No one should profit off human incarceration, especially after we have refocused our corrections system away from incarceration and towards rehabilitation.”

Under AB 32, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation would be prohibited from entering into or renewing contracts with a private, for-profit prison beginning January 1, 2020. In addition, all state prison inmates would need to be moved from a private, for-profit prison facility no later than January 1, 2028.

Private prisons are considered a multi-billion dollar industry in the United States. Approximately 27 states have private prisons. The Bureau of Justice Statistics show for-profit prisons house approximately seven percent of state prisoners. Approximately 9,000 inmates are housed in private prisons in California.

AB 32 is joint authored by Assemblymembers Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), David Chiu (D-San Francisco), and Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego)

AB 32 is currently awaiting its first hearing in the Assembly Public Safety Committee.