Administration of Justice Legislative Bills of Interest
March 28, 2019
CSAC and CPOC are opposed to Senate Bill 284 by Senator Jim Beall. This measure would increase the fee charged to counties to send a youth to the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). While we certainly understand the author’s goal of incentivizing counties to reduce the number of youth that they send to DJJ, the final decision as to where youth are placed following adjudication is one held and decided by a juvenile court judge. This legislation will do little to prevent youth from being sent to DJJ and instead result in significant financial impacts on counties. This fiscal impact, especially in smaller counties, will negatively impact counties and the progress we have made to enhance services and could put programming for youth in jeopardy. SB 284 passed out of the Senate Public Safety Committee 5-1 on March 26 and is waiting to be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee.
CSAC supports Assembly Bill 141 by Assembly Member Jim Cooper. This measure would enact the Justice Act of 2019 for the Reimbursement of County Costs Arising from the Matter of the People v. Joseph DeAngelo, and would authorize the County of Sacramento and other California counties to be reimbursed for the reasonable and necessary costs incurred in connection with the prosecution and defense of Joseph DeAngelo. The bill would require a county seeking reimbursement to send a statement of costs to the Controller for approval, and would require the Controller, within 60 days, to either pay approved costs or provide a written statement as to the reason for not making reimbursement at that time. The bill would create the Justice Act of 2019 Fund for these purposes. AB 141 is waiting to be heard in the Assembly Business and Professions Committee.
CSAC opposes Assembly Bill 964 by Assembly Member Jose Medina. AB 964 would require all local detention facilities offer in-person visitation at the facility. For existing correctional facilities that do not provide in-person visitation, these facilities must comply with these requirements by January 1, 2025. While this legislation allows counties five years to comply with the provisions of the legislation, it does not take into consideration the significant costs that retrofitting brand new facilities with in-person visiting will entail. As such, this measure creates a new and costly mandate on counties who complied with all state guidelines when building their facilities. AB 964 is set to be heard in the Assembly Public Safety Committee on April 2.