BILL NUMBER: AB 1276	AMENDED
	BILL TEXT

	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  APRIL 16, 2013

INTRODUCED BY   Assembly Member Bloom

                        FEBRUARY 22, 2013

   An act to add Section 3051 to the Penal Code, relating to parole.


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   AB 1276, as amended, Bloom. Parole: juvenile offenders.
   Existing law generally regulates the granting and conditioning of
parole, and places the duty to monitor parolees on the Department of
Corrections and Rehabilitation, Division of Adult Parole Operations.
Existing law specifies the procedures that the Board of Parole
Hearings must follow in granting, denying, or revoking parole.
   This bill would require, except as otherwise provided by law, a
person who was convicted of a nonhomicide offense that was committed
before the person had attained 18 years of age to be  given a
meaningful opportunity for parole or other form of supervised
release after having served 25 years in state prison  
eligible for consideration for parole after   serving 25
years in state prison. The bill would state that it is the intent of
the Legislature to provide a meaningful opportunity to obtain release
according to the standards set forth by the California Supreme Court
in People v. Caballero  .
   Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes.
State-mandated local program: no.


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

  SECTION 1.  Section 3051 is added to the Penal Code, to read:
   3051.  (a)    Except as otherwise provided by
law, a person who was convicted of a nonhomicide offense that was
committed before the person had attained 18 years of age shall
 be given, not less than once, after having served 25 years
in state prison, and thereafter as specified in Section 3041.5, a
meaningful opportunity for parole or other form of supervised
release. This   be   eligible for consideration
for parole pursuant to this article after serving 25 years in state
prison. Subsequent parole hearings shall be set according to Section
3041.5.  
   (b) It is the intent of the Legislature to provide a meaningful
opportunity to obtain release according to the standards set forth by
the California Supreme Court in People v. Caballero (2012) 55
Cal.4th 262. 
    (c)     This  section does not
prohibit the imposition of a life sentence for juveniles convicted of
homicide and does not prohibit or modify the parole procedures for
adult offenders. This section does not limit the access of juvenile
offenders to other programs and appeals that they were eligible for
prior to the enactment of this section.