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Attorney General Rob Bonta and Gov. Gavin Newsom have requested the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rehear en banc a month-old decision which resurrected a lawsuit against the state’s two-year-old private prison ban.

The law prevents people from operating private prisons in California, and sets sunset provisions for current government contracts. Bonta wrote the law when he was a state assemblymember.

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The United States and the GEO Group, which owns the Adelanto U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Processing Center, sued the state with the argument that California’s 2019 private prison ban was preempted by federal law and violated the intergovernmental immunity doctrine, because

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