SD mayoral candidate Todd Gloria introduces bill to end Private Prisons in CA
Current California State Assemblymember (and hopefully future San Diego Mayor) Todd Gloria introduced a bill today that calls to end the practice of for-profit, private prisons in California. If the bill gets passed, the State of California will be prohibited from contracting private, for-profit prison companies starting January 2020, a small, but meaningful step towards eradicating traces of the prison industrial complex.
In a statement released via his website, Assemblymember Gloria stated, "Private prisons are a practice that should have never been permitted in California, and it's time we end their presence. 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 contracting out prisons to for-profit companies beginning the top of next year. All state prison inmates currently locked up in private, for-profit prison facilities would be moved to non-profit facilities by 2028 at the latest.
The privatized prison industry is currently a multi-billion dollar industry in the United States, with 27 states allowing the practice. CoreCivic, or formerly known as the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) before they got their shit put on blast, is currently the largest stakeholder in the industry, with over a billion in revenue. You may remember them as referenced in the pre-MAGA Kanye lyric, "Meanwhile the DEA teamed up with the CCA, they tryna lock n****as up, they tryna make new slaves. See, that's that privately owned prison, get your piece today, they probably all in the Hamptons braggin' 'bout what they made."
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.