Amended in Assembly March 21, 2013

California Legislature—2013–14 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 1019


Introduced by Assembly Member Ammiano

February 22, 2013


An act to amend Section 2053.4 ofbegin insert, and to add Section 2053.5 to,end insert the Penal Code, relating to state prisons.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

AB 1019, as amended, Ammiano. State prisons: correctional education and vocational training.

Existing law requires the Secretary of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to appoint a Superintendent of Correctional Education to oversee and administer all prison education programs, set long-term and short-term goals for inmate literacy and testing, and establish priorities for prison education. begin insertExisting law also establishes the California Rehabilitation Oversight Board to review the mental health, substance abuse, educational, and employment programs for inmates of state prisons.end insert

This bill wouldbegin delete alsoend delete require goals forbegin delete vocationalend deletebegin insert career technicalend insert education to be set by the Superintendent of Correctional Educationbegin insert, and would establish factors that are required to be taken into account when establishing a career technical education program, including the demand for the skills being trained and the availability of employment in those fields. The bill would require the department to develop standards and criteria for evaluating the effectiveness of career technical education programs with review by the California Rehabilitation Oversight Boardend insert.

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

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

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begin insertSECTION 1.end insert  

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begin insertGiven that, as of June 2012, 60.8 percent of state
2prison inmates have a medium to high need for academic or career
3technical programs, and it has been shown that career technical
4education programs are both effective at reducing recidivism and
5cost effective to the state, it is the intent of the Legislature in
6enacting this act that the Department of Corrections and
7Rehabilitation shall, within its existing resources, set both short-
8and long-term goals for career technical education programs.end insert

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10begin insertSEC. 2.end insert  

Section 2053.4 of the Penal Code is amended to read:

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2053.4.  

The Secretary of the Department of Corrections and
12Rehabilitation shall appoint a Superintendent of Correctional
13Education, who shall oversee and administer all prison education
14programs. The Superintendent of Correctional Education shall set
15both short-term and long-term goals for inmate literacy and testing
16andbegin delete vocationalend deletebegin insert career technicalend insert education programs, and shall
17establish priorities for prison academic andbegin delete vocationalend deletebegin insert career
18technicalend insert
education programs.

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begin insertSEC. 3.end insert  

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begin insertSection 2053.5 is added to the end insertbegin insertPenal Codeend insertbegin insert, to read:end insert

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begin insert2053.5.end insert  

(a) Based upon the goals and priorities of the
21department, a career technical education program established,
22given the department’s goals and priorities, shall take into account
23all of the following factors:

24(1) Whether the program aligns with the workforce needs of
25high demand sectors of the state and regional economies.

26(2) Whether there is an active job market for the skills being
27developed where the inmate will likely be released.

28(3) Whether the program increases the number of inmates who
29obtain a marketable and industry or apprenticeship board
30recognized certification, credential, or degree.

31(4) Whether there are formal or informal networks in the field
32that support finding employment upon release from prison.

33(5) Whether the program will lead to employment in occupations
34with a livable wage.

P3    1(b) Using data to support evidence-based policymaking, the
2department shall develop standards and criteria for evaluating
3the effectiveness of career technical education programs with
4review by the California Rehabilitation Oversight Board.

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