CURB’s 2012 Legislative Agenda
We support legislation that will reduce prison spending by reducing the number of people in prison and jail and the number of prisons in California.
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Assembly Bills We Support
AB 828 (Swanson) – Nutritional assistance for families act. Lifts the lifetime ban on CalFresh assistance for people with prior drug related felonies.
AB 1081 (Ammiano) – Opt out of secure communities. Honors local governments’ right to decide whether and how to participate in the so-called “Secure Communities” Program (S-Comm), a controversial Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) program that automatically shares with ICE all fingerprints taken by law enforcement.
AB 1270 (Ammiano) – Media Access. Requires the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to restore the media’s ability to conduct prearranged interviews with prisoners and prohibits retaliation against prisoners for communicating with the media.
Contact: Northern California Monica Flores, Center for Young Women’s Development, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Southern California Shirley Wilson, Youth Justice Coalition, email@example.com.
AB 1577 (Atkins) – Identification. Allows people coming home from prison or jail to present their prison or jail cards as valid identification to obtain a California State Identification Card.
AB 1831 (Dickinson) – Hiring Practices. Removes the question about an individual’s criminal history from city and county job applications.
- AB 1831 Fact Sheet: Fairness in Local Government Hiring Practices
- AB 1831 Frequently Asked Questions
- Model letter in support of AB 1831
Senate Bills We Support
SB 9 (Yee) – Juvenile life without parole (LWOP). Provides for periodic review and resentencing of juveniles with LWOP sentences. After having served 10 or 15 years of an LWOP sentence (depending on how recently the sentence was imposed), a defendant who was under 18 at the time of the crime may petition the court for recall for re-sentencing.
Contact: Northern California, Jim Lindburg, Friends Committee on Legislation California, firstname.lastname@example.org
Southern California: Kim McGill, Youth Justice Coalition, email@example.com
SB 1060 (Hancock) – CalWORKs. Ends the lifetime ban on benefits and services provided by CalWORKs for people who have a past drug-related felony conviction as long as they are participating in or have successfully completed a government recognized treatment program.
- Contact: Jessica Bartholow, Western Center on Law and Poverty, firstname.lastname@example.org, (916) 442-0753
SB 1462 (Leno) – Extend compassionate release to county jails. Authorizes a sheriff to release a person with a 6 month or less life expectancy to a medical or residential care facility.
Contact: London Biggs, Legislative Assistant, Office of Senator Leno, T: (916) 651-4003 F: (916) 445-4722, email@example.com
SB 1506 (Leno) – Felony Drug Possession. Revises simple drug possession from a felony to a misdemeanor, significantly reducing prison and jail spending and helping to alleviate overcrowding.
- Contact: London Biggs, Legislative Assistant, Office of Senator Leno, T: (916) 651-4003 F: (916) 445-4722, firstname.lastname@example.org
- SB 1506 – Drug Possession Misdemeanor Fact Sheet
- Model letter in support of SB 1506
Assembly Bills We Oppose
AB 968 (Wright) – OPPOSE – Electronic Monitoring. Adds a partial bail requirement and GPS monitoring for individuals housed in county jails prior to trial or plea while current law permits release with electronic monitoring and no bail.
AB 1124 (Cannella) – OPPOSE – Cost of Incarceration. Requires the court to make a determination of the ability of the defendant to pay all or a portion of the costs of imprisonment, and to order the defendant to file a statement setting forth his or her assets, liability, and income before a hearing.
AB 1556 (Cook) – OPPOSE – Jail Construction. Requires that, any qualified county that has received a conditional award under a specified jail construction financing program be awarded $16 million by 12/31/12 from a separate financing program; thus making AB900 phase 2 jail construction money easier to access for some counties.
Senate Bills We Oppose
SB 983 (Strickland) – OPPOSE – Interstate. Makes it possible for a county board of supervisors to send a person incarcerated in county jail to any state and removes the requirement that the incarcerated person’s provide written consent prior to out of state transfer.
SB 1435 (Runner) – OPPOSE – Felony. Requires a defendant who is convicted of a felony and has three or more prior felony convictions to serve an executed sentence in state prison, while existing law provides exceptions that permit custody in county jail.