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Judge rules on state private prison ban

A detainee stares out of his cell in the segregation unit at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Adelanto processing Center in Adelanto, Calif, on Dec. 3, 2019.

California’s ban on privately operated prisons and federal immigration detention centers is largely Constitutional, said a federal judge Thursday.

According to the ruling, private prison companies cannot open new prisons or immigration detention facilities in the state. They are also banned from extending or renewing existing contracts. An exception was made for private prisons operated on behalf of the U.S. Marshals Service.

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