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          AB 1019 (Ammiano)
          As Amended  August 26, 2013
          Majority vote
          |ASSEMBLY:  |75-0 |(May 9, 2013)   |SENATE: |37-0 |(September 3,  |
          |           |     |                |        |     |2013)          |
           Original Committee Reference:    PUB. S.  

           SUMMARY  :  Requires the Superintendent for Correctional Education  
          to take into account specific factors when setting goals and  
          priorities for career technical education (CTE), also referred  
          to as vocational education, within the California Department of  
          Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).    

           The Senate amendments  make technical, non-substantive changes.
          EXISTING LAW  : 

          1)Requires the Secretary of CDCR to appoint a Superintendent of  
            Correctional Education, who shall oversee and administer all  
            prison education programs. 

          2)Requires the Superintendent of Correctional Education to set  
            both short- and long-term goals for inmate literacy and  
            testing and vocational education programs and to establish  
            priorities for prison academic and vocational education  

           AS PASSED BY THE ASSEMBLY  , this bill:

          1)Made legislative findings that given that, as of June 2012,  
            60.8 % of state prison inmates have a medium to high need for  
            academic or career technical programs, and it has been shown  
            that CTE programs are both effective at reducing recidivism  
            and cost effective to the state, it is the intent of the  
            Legislature in requiring CDCR, within its existing resources,  
            to set both short- and long-term goals for CTE programs.

          2)Required the CDCR, based upon and given its goals and  
            priorities, to take into account all of the following factors  
            in establishing a CTE program:


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             a)   Whether the program aligns with the workforce needs of  
               high demand sectors of the state and regional economies;

             b)   Whether there is an active job market for the skills  
               being developed where the inmate will likely be released;

             c)   Whether the program increases the number of inmates who  
               obtain a marketable and industry or apprenticeship  
               board-recognized certification, credential, or degree;

             d)   Whether there are formal or informal networks in the  
               field that support finding employment upon release from  
               prison; and

             e)   Whether the program will lead to employment in  
               occupations with a livable wage.

          3)Replaced the term "vocational education programs" with "career  
            technical education programs."

           FISCAL EFFECT  :  According to the Senate Appropriations Committee  
          pursuant to Senate Rule 28.8, negligible state costs.

           COMMENTS  :   According to the author, "California has a unique  
          opportunity given the changes that have been brought by  
          realignment, to rethink programming opportunities for prisoners.  
          This bill recognizes that rehabilitation includes developing a  
          set of skills related to successful reentry into the workforce.  
          It does not mandate what to teach or how the subject is to be  
          taught but sets a framework for decision making within CDCR.  
          This bill would require in law that CDCR set goals for  
          vocational programs as it currently does for academic programs  
          and base its decisions on evidence based data."

          Please see the policy committee analysis for a full discussion  
          of this bill.

          Analysis Prepared by  :    Shaun Naidu / PUB. S. / (916) 319-3744 

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