Amended in Senate June 19, 2013

Amended in Senate May 24, 2013

Amended in Senate May 7, 2013

California Legislature—2013–14 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 624


Introduced by Assembly Member Mitchell

(Coauthors: Assembly Members Alejo and Gordon)

(Coauthors: Senators De León and Lieu)

February 20, 2013


An act to add Sectionbegin delete 4019.1end deletebegin insert 4019.4end insert to the Penal Code, relating to county jails.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

AB 624, as amended, Mitchell. County jail: rehabilitation credits.

Under existing law, when a prisoner is confined to county jail, an industrial farm, or a road camp, for each 4-day period in which he or she is confined, he or she may have one day deducted from his or her period of confinement, as specified.

This bill would authorize a sheriff or county director of corrections, in addition to the credits otherwise earned, to award a prisoner program credit reductions from his or her term of confinement for successful completion of specific program performance objectives for rehabilitative programming, including academic programs, vocational programs, vocational training, substance abuse programs, and core programs such as anger management and social life skills. These program credit reductions may be for one to 6 weeks and may be forfeited in the same manner as other program credit reductions.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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SECTION 1.  

Sectionbegin delete 4019.1end deletebegin insert 4019.4end insert is added to the Penal Code,
2to read:

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4begin insert4019.4.end insert  

(a) (1) In addition to credit awarded pursuant to
5Section 4019, a sheriff or county director of corrections may also
6award a prisoner program credit reductions from his or her term
7of confinement as provided in this section. A sheriff or county
8director of corrections who elects to participate in this credit
9reduction program shall create guidelines that provide for credit
10reductions for inmates who successfully complete specific program
11performance objectives for approved rehabilitative programming,
12including, but not limited to, credit reduction of not less than one
13week to credit reduction of not more than six weeks for each
14performance milestone.

15(2) Guidelines adopted by a sheriff or county director of
16corrections pursuant to this subdivision shall specify the credit
17reductions applicable to distinct objectives in a schedule of
18graduated program performance objectives concluding with the
19successful completion of an in-custody rehabilitation program.
20Upon adopting the guidelines, the sheriff or county director of
21corrections shall thereafter calculate and award credit reductions
22authorized by this section. A prisoner may not have his or her term
23of imprisonment reduced by more than six weeks for credits
24awarded pursuant to this section during any 12-month period of
25continuous confinement.

26(b) Program credit is a privilege, not a right. Prisoners shall
27have a reasonable opportunity to participate in program credit
28qualifying assignments in a manner consistent with institutional
29security, available resources, and guidelines set forth by the sheriff
30or county director of corrections.

31(c) As used in this section, “approved rehabilitation
32programming” shall include, but is not limited to, academic
33programs, vocational programs, vocational training, substance
34abuse programs, and core programs such as anger management
35and social life skills.

P3    1(d) Credits awarded pursuant to this section may be forfeited
2pursuant to the provisions of Section 4019. Inmates shall not be
3eligible for program credits that result in an inmate being overdue
4for release.

5(e) This section shall only apply to inmates sentenced to county
6jail pursuant to subdivision (h) of Section 1170.



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