Friday, January 29, 2016 The CSAC Bulletin
Administration of Justice
For more information, contact Darby Kernan at 916-327-7500, ext. 537, Stanicia Boatner at 916-327-7500, ext. 503 or Amalia Mejia at 916-327-7500, ext. 514.

Governor Announces Public Safety Reform Initiative

On Wednesday, January 27th the Governor announced that he is amending an existing juvenile justice initiative to also include additional adult criminal justice reforms. The proposed initiative is a Constitutional amendment to give parole consideration for offenders sent to prison for a non-violent felony once they have completed the full term of their primary offense ( not including enhancements, consecutive sentences or alternative sentences). In addition, the initiative gives the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) full authority to award good time and program credits.

The juvenile portion of the initiative makes statutory amendments to Proposition 21, provisions enacted in 2000. The initiative limits when a juvenile can be tried in adult court, specifically, only if the court after a hearing considering specified factors (those in current law) determines the minor should be tried in adult court. The initiative removes the ability for prosecutors to direct file. It removes all presumptions requiring the court to weigh the factors and make the ultimate decision. The initiative will allow minors ages 14 and 15 who commit certain serious/violent offenses to be eligible for adult court; which is determined by the court.

CSAC’s Executive Director Matt Cate released this statement, “California counties will closely examine the Governor’s proposal. Per our Association’s procedures, our next step is to refer it to our Administration of Justice Policy Committee for consideration.”

“Counties have done an admirable job implementing adult and juvenile justice reforms that have shifted population and more responsibility onto local governments. In addition to housing more inmates in jails, counties are also supervising more offenders through probation and offering a variety of innovative alternatives to incarceration including mental health services, education, job training, substance use treatment and other services that reduce recidivism and improve public safety.”

“While much progress has been made, counties recognize that the state is still under Federal Court order to further reduce the prison inmate population. CSAC truly values the diversity of opinion among our members on issues of complex public policy and we want to make sure the Governor’s proposal is fully understood and vetted.”

If the measure qualifies, it will appear on the November 2016 ballot.For additional information: The Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2016

Board of State and Community Corrections Pay For Success Grant Program Executive Steering Committee Meeting – February 4 

The Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) is holding its Pay For Success Grant Program
A Social Innovation Financing Project Executive Steering Committee (ESC) meeting February 4, 2016 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Attached is a copy of the agenda.

Please contact Colleen Stoner at (916) 324-9385 or colleen.stoner@bscc.ca.gov for additional information about this notice, to submit written material regarding an agenda item or to request special accommodations for persons with disabilities. This agenda and additional information about the Board of State and Community Corrections may be found on our website at www.bscc.ca.gov.

Commission on Future of California’s Court System Holds Public Comment Session – February 8-9

The Commission on the Future of California’s Court System has posted concepts it will explore during its February 8-9 public comment session in San Francisco.

Members of the public can request to speak at the comment session or submit written comments either before or after the session. A link to the live audiocast of the public comment session—posted approximately 15 minutes before the session?will be available on the Futures Commission webpage. For more information, view the comment procedures.

The commission held a similar comment session on December 8, 2015 to solicit input on proposed concepts related to judgeships, trial court funding, court-ordered debt, and traffic infractions. The Futures Commission plans to hold a second public comment session later this year.

Legislation

The following information reflects legislation that was introduced in the 2015/16 legislative session. Bills introduced in the 2015 session must pass out of the house of origin by January 30, 2016. The following are Administration of Justice bills CSAC is tracking.

Parole Suitability: Notice
AB 898 (Gonzalez) – Support
As Amended January 4, 2016

AB 898 would require the Board of Parole Hearings, in the case of an inmate who is convicted of the murder of a firefighter, to provide notice of the parole suitability hearing to the fire department that employed the firefighter at the time of the incident. AB 898 passed off of the Assembly Floor with a 78-0 vote. The measure moves to the Senate.

Criminal Procedure: Trial Schedule Conflicts
AB 1272 (Grove) – Watch
AS Amended January 13, 2016

AB 1272 would require the court to make reasonable efforts to avoid scheduling a case involving a crime committed against a person with a developmental disability when the prosecutor has another trial set. AB 1272 passed off of the Assembly Floor with a 78-0 vote. The measure moves to the Senate.

Money Laundering
AB 1395 (Salas) – Watch
As Amended January 4, 2016

AB 1395 would provide law enforcement with the ability to use criminal remedies when combatting nefarious cases of organized, illegal gambling. AB 1395 incorporates violations of gambling laws into organized crime and money laundering statutes. AB 1395 passed off of the Assembly Floor with a 66-1 vote. The measure moves to the Senate.

SCR 88 (Runner) – Support
As Amended January 25, 2016

SCR 88 would proclaim the month of January 2016 as Human Trafficking Awareness Month and encourages all Californians to become educated about human trafficking and work to eliminate these criminal practices within and beyond our boundaries. This measure inspires organizations, businesses and communities, to host or sponsor and attend events that bring visibility and support to efforts made to recognize and combat human trafficking.