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California’s ban on for-profit prisons blocked for second time

(KYMA, KECY/ AP News) - A larger panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals again blocked California’s first-in-the-nation ban on for-profit private prisons and immigration detention facilities.

It was found that their ban is trumped by the federal government.

A three-judge appellate panel last year rejected the 2019 state law that would have phased out privately run immigration jails in the state by 2028 - but the law would have undermined a key piece of the nation’s detention system for immigrants.

The law signed by gov. Gavin Newsom was one of many efforts to limit California’s cooperation with the federal government as then-President Donald Trump imposed hardline policies on immigration enforcement.

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