California’s ban on private prisons most likely violates federal powers, and should be stalled until federal litigation against it concludes, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal ruled Sept. 26.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement mostly works with private prisons to detain immigrants in the state. Both the federal government and The Geo Group, which operates the Adelanto ICE Processing Center, sued the state to keep the prison operating. The court’s 9-3 split-decision injunction is not a final result of the lawsuit, but does explicitly prevent the law from forcing the contract between ICE and The Geo Group to end.
Assembly Bill 32, written by Attorney General Rob Bonta in