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Bill that bans private prisons wins bipartisan support


Last updated 3/10/2021 at 2:17pm

Prime sponsor: Lillian Ortiz-Self

Washington's only private detention center is proposed for closure.

House Bill 1090 prohibits any person, business or government from operating private, for-profit detention facilities. 

It recently passed in the House of Representatives with strong bipartisan support, and will receive a Senate vote in the coming weeks.

"When you have to report to [stakeholders] that profit, there is a conflict with meeting the needs of those that are incarcerated," said Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self (D-Mukilteo) the prime sponsor of the bill and who serves Mukilteo in the 21st Legislative District.

"And it's ea...

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