BILL NUMBER: AB 1291	CHAPTERED
	BILL TEXT

	CHAPTER  457
	FILED WITH SECRETARY OF STATE  OCTOBER 11, 2007
	APPROVED BY GOVERNOR  OCTOBER 11, 2007
	PASSED THE SENATE  SEPTEMBER 7, 2007
	PASSED THE ASSEMBLY  SEPTEMBER 11, 2007
	AMENDED IN SENATE  AUGUST 1, 2007
	AMENDED IN SENATE  JULY 12, 2007
	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  JUNE 1, 2007
	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  MAY 1, 2007
	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  APRIL 10, 2007

INTRODUCED BY   Assembly Member Mendoza
   (Principal coauthor: Senator Alquist)
   (Coauthors: Assembly Members Caballero, DeSaulnier, and Lieu)
   (Coauthors: Senators Ridley-Thomas, Romero, and Scott)

                        FEBRUARY 23, 2007

   An act to add Section 727.7 to the Welfare and Institutions Code,
relating to juveniles.


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   AB 1291, Mendoza.  Antigang violence parenting classes.
   Under existing law, if a minor has been adjudged a ward of the
juvenile court, and the court finds that a specified notice has been
given to the parent or guardian of the minor and orders that the
parent or guardian shall retain custody of the minor either subject
to or without the supervision of the probation officer, the parent or
guardian may be required to participate with the minor in a
counseling or education program, including, but not limited to,
parent education and parenting programs operated by community
colleges, school districts, or other appropriate agencies designated
by the court.
   This bill would authorize the juvenile court, if a minor is found
to be a ward of the court by reason of the commission of a
gang-related offense, and the court finds that the minor is a
first-time offender and orders that a parent or guardian retain
custody of that minor, to order the parent or guardian to attend
antigang violence parenting classes. The bill would require the
Department of Justice to establish the curriculum of those classes,
including specified criteria. The bill would provide that the father,
mother, spouse, or other person liable for the support of the minor,
the estate of that person, and the estate of the minor shall be
liable for the cost of the classes, unless the court finds that the
person or estate does not have the financial ability to pay.


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  SECTION 1.  Section 727.7 is added to the Welfare and Institutions
Code, to read:
   727.7.  (a) If a minor is found to be a person described in
Section 602 by reason of the commission of a gang-related offense,
and the court finds that the minor is a first-time offender and
orders that a parent or guardian retain custody of that minor, the
court may order the parent or guardian to attend antigang violence
parenting classes.
   (b) The Department of Justice shall establish curriculum for the
antigang violence parenting classes required pursuant to this
section, including, but not limited to, all of the following
criteria:
   (1) A meeting in which the families of innocent victims of gang
violence share their experience.
   (2) A meeting in which the surviving parents of a deceased gang
member share their experience.
   (3) How to identify gang and drug activity in children.
   (4) How to communicate effectively with adolescents.
   (5) An overview of pertinent support agencies and organizations
for intervention, education, job training, and positive recreational
activities, including telephone numbers, locations, and contact names
of those agencies and organizations.
   (6) The potential fines and periods of incarceration for the
commission of additional gang-related offenses.
   (7) The potential penalties that may be imposed upon parents for
aiding and abetting crimes committed by their children.
   (c) For purposes of this section, "gang-related" means that the
minor was an active participant in a criminal street gang, as
specified in subdivision (a) of Section 186.22 of the Penal Code, or
committed an offense for the benefit of, or at the direction of, a
criminal street gang, as specified in subdivision (b) or (d) of
Section 186.22 of the Penal Code.
   (d) The father, mother, spouse, or other person liable for the
support of the minor, the estate of that person, and the estate of
the minor shall be liable for the cost of classes ordered pursuant to
this section, unless the court finds that the person or estate does
not have the financial ability to pay. In evaluating financial
ability to pay, the court shall take into consideration the combined
household income, the necessary obligations of the household, the
number of persons dependent upon this income, and whether reduced
monthly payments would obviate the need to waive liability for the
full costs.