BILL NUMBER: AB 2124 INTRODUCED BILL TEXT INTRODUCED BY Assembly Member Lowenthal FEBRUARY 20, 2014 An act to amend Section 1001.50 of the Penal Code, relating to pretrial diversion programs. LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST AB 2124, as introduced, Lowenthal. Misdemeanor offenses: pretrial diversion program. Existing law authorizes a county to establish a pretrial diversion programs for defendants who have been charged with a misdemeanor offense. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to this provision. Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no. THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: SECTION 1. Section 1001.50 of the Penal Code is amended to read: 1001.50. (a) Notwithstanding any other
provision oflaw, this chapter shall become operative in a county only if the board of supervisors adopts the provisions of this chapter by ordinance. (b) The district attorney of each county shall review annually any diversion program established pursuant to this chapter, and nothe program shall not continue without the approval of the district attorney. NoA person shall not be diverted under a program unless it has been approved by the district attorney. Nothing in thisThis subdivision shalldoes not authorize the prosecutor to determine whether a particular defendant shall be diverted. (c) As used in this chapter, "pretrial diversion" means the procedure of postponing prosecution either temporarily or permanently at any point in the judicial process from the point at which the accused is charged until adjudication.