California Governor signs bill to ban private prisons and immigrant detention facilities

Gavin Newsom with Rob Bonta

California governor Gavin Newsom has signed AB 32, a bill banning private prisons and immigrant detention facilities from operating in California by 2028.

AB 32 was pushed through by Assemblymember Rob Bonta, who represents the 18th Assembly District, encompasses the central East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Bonta earned his B.A. in history from Yale College and his J.D. from Yale Law School.

With the governor’s signature, the bill has become official state law.

California has approximately 1,600 inmates in privately run lockups.