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Administration of Justice Bills of Interest

September 20, 2017

Two-Year Bill

  • SB 10 (Hertzberg): CSAC was successful in stopping Senate Bill 10, by Senator Robert Hertzberg, which would have reformed California’s bail system without knowing what in the bail system needs to be reformed. CSAC advocated against SB 10 because it had a huge unfunded mandate in the bill and did not fully focus on a risk based pretrial system. CSAC will continue to work with the Legislature and the Administration on reforming California’s bail system so the reforms focus on public safety.

Supported Bills on the Governor’s Desk – Signature Requested

  • AB 720 (Eggman) would extend the process of involuntarily medicating inmates to those awaiting adjudication to ensure they can receive timely, effective treatment during incarceration.
  • AB 789 (Rubio) would allow judges the option to grant own recognizance (OR) release to arrestees with three or more FTAs without a hearing in open court if they are released under a court-operated or court-approved pretrial release program.
  • AB 790 (Stone, M) would provide California identification cards to individuals prior to release from incarceration or hospitalization.
  • AB 1384 (Weber) would create clear guidelines for the Trauma Recovery Center (TRC) Grant Program by establishing specific programmatic standards for all program applicants. Additionally, this bill would encourage the development of new TRC programs across the state by ensuring that funds are available to help providers build capacity for staff, programs and services necessary to fulfill the vision of the TRC model.
  • AB 1401 (Maienschein) would clarify that a court may issue a protective custody warrant for the protection of a child under specified circumstances when the child is not already the subject of a dependency petition.
  • SB 384 (Wiener) would establish a tiering system for adult and juvenile registrants in California’s sex offender registry. Adult registrants would be divided into three tiers and juvenile registrants would be divided into two tiers.

Opposed Bill – Vetoed by the Governor

· AB 662 (Choi): CSAC opposed AB 662 by Assembly Member Choi, which would have significantly increased staffing and workload costs of county and third party collection agencies already strapped for costs of collections efforts by increasing the frequency of notifications sent out to defendants and victims. This measure wasvetoed by the Governor on September 11, 2017.

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