Administration of Justice Bills of Interest
May 30, 2019
Counties support a number of bills this year that continue forward in the legislative process. AB 1390 (Stone) expands the Transitional Age Youth (TAY) Pilot Program to defendants who are 21 years of age or older, but under 25 years of age at the time of the offense, as specified. CSAC is in support of this measure. CSAC also supports AB 597 (Levine), which extends the sunset date by two years on the use of “flash incarceration. Both of these bills will be heard in the Senate Public Safety Committee on June 4.
AB 964 (Medina) was held in Assembly Appropriations, and will not move this year. CSAC was strongly opposed to this proposal, and communicated to legislators local government concerns regarding the feasibility of its requirement that that all local detention facilities offer in-person visitation.
SB 144 (Mitchell) would eliminate a number of administrative fees imposed on a person related to involvement in the criminal justice system. CSAC, Chief Probation Officers of California, California State Sheriffs’ Association, Rural County Representatives of California and Urban Counties of California, as well as a number of counties, are opposed to this measure, and will continue to argue that sustainable funding must be provided to back-fill the loss of revenue resulting from eliminating counties’ ability to charge criminal justice fees. CSAC is concerned that the breadth of the fiscal impact to counties and courts associated with eliminating specified fee authority is far larger that is being recognized. SB 144 passed off the Senate Floor and is headed to the Assembly- this will continue to be a priority bill for statewide organizations, individual counties and county officials. Other AOJ bills of concern that are now in the Assembly include SB 284 (Beall) and AB 1477 (Gloria).