AB 920, as amended, Gipson. Jails: county inmate welfare funds.
Existing law authorizes the sheriff of each county to maintain an inmate welfare fund to be kept in the treasury of the county into which profit from a store operated in connection with the county jail, 10% of all gross sales of inmate hobbycraft, and any rebates or commissions received from a telephone company, as specified, are required to be deposited. Existing law authorizes the sheriff to expend money from the fund to assist indigent inmates, prior to release, with clothes and transportation expenses, as specified. Existing law authorizes inmate welfare funds to be used to augment county expenses determined by the sheriff to be in the best interests of the inmates, and requires the sheriff to submit an itemized report of those expenditures annually to the board of supervisors.
This bill would create a program that authorizes the sheriff or county officer responsible for operating jails of certain counties to spend money from the inmate welfare fund for the purpose of assisting indigent inmates with the reentry process within 30 days after the inmate’s release from the county jail or other adult detention facility. The bill would specify that the assistance provided may include work placement, counseling, obtaining proper identification, education, and housing. The bill would specify that money from the inmate welfare fund shall not be used under the program to provide services that are required to be provided by the sheriff or county, as specified. The bill would require, if a county elects to participate in the pilot program, a county sheriff or county officer responsible for operating a jail to include specified additional information in the itemized report of expenditures to the board of supervisors, including the number of inmates the program served.
This bill would make legislative findings and declarations as to the necessity of a special statute for the counties described above.
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Fiscal committee: no.
State-mandated local program: no.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
Section 4025.5 is added to the Penal Code, to
(a) There is hereby created a program in the Counties
4of Alameda, Kern, Los Angeles, Marin, Napa, Orange, Sacramento,
5San Bernardino, San Francisco, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa
6Barbara, Santa Clara, Stanislaus, and Ventura. In each county, the
7sheriff or the county officer responsible for operating the jails may
8expend money from the inmate welfare fund to provide indigent
9inmates, after release from the county jail or any other adult
10detention facility under the jurisdiction of the sheriff or the county
11officer responsible for operating the jails, assistance with the
12reentry process within 30 days after the inmate’s release. The
13assistance provided may include work placement, counseling,
14obtaining proper identification, education, and housing.
15(b) This section does not authorize money from the inmate
16welfare fund to be used to provide any services that are required
P3 1to be provided by the sheriff or the county. Money in the fund shall
2supplement existing services, and shall not be used to supplant
3any existing funding for services provided by the sheriff or the
5(c) As part of the itemized report of expenditures required to
6be submitted to the board of supervisors pursuant to Section 4025,
7any sheriff or county officer responsible for operating a jail of a
8county that participates in the program shall include in the report
9all of the following:
10(1) How much money was spent pursuant to this section.
11(2) The number of inmates the program served.
12(3) The types of assistance for which the funds were used.
13(4) The average length of time an inmate used the program.
The Legislature finds and declares that a special law
15is necessary and that a general law cannot be made applicable
16within the meaning of Section 16 of Article IV of the California
17Constitution because of the unique circumstances in the Counties
18of Alameda, Kern, Los Angeles, Marin, Napa, Orange, Sacramento,
19San Bernardino, San Francisco, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa
20Barbara, Santa Clara, Stanislaus, and Ventura.