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          CONCURRENCE IN SENATE AMENDMENTS


          AB  
          920 (Gipson)


          As Amended  September 3, 2015


          2/3 vote.  Urgency


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          Original Committee Reference:  PUB. S.


          SUMMARY:  Creates a program in specified counties to allow the  
          sheriff to expend money from the inmate welfare fund to provide  
          reentry services.


          The Senate amendments delete the Assembly version of this bill  
          and instead:


          1)Create a program in Alameda, Kern, Los Angeles, Marin, Napa,  
            Orange, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Francisco, San Diego,  
            San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Stanislaus, and  
            Ventura counties which allows the sheriff or officer  
            responsible for operating the jail to expend money from the  
            inmate welfare fund to provide indigent inmates with reentry  
            assistance, including work placement, counseling, obtaining  








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            identification, education, and housing.


          2)Prohibit using money from the inmate welfare fund to provide  
            any services that are required to be provided by the sheriff  
            or the county.  


          3)Require money in the fund be used to supplement existing  
            services, and prohibit its use to supplant any existing  
            funding for services provided by the sheriff or county.


          4)Require submission of a report to the board of supervisors  
            which includes the following:


             a)   How much money was spent under this program;


             b)   The number of inmates served by the program;


             c)   The types of assistance for which the funds were used;  
               and,


             d)   The average length of time an inmate used the program.


          5)Contain legislative declaration of a need for a special law  
            due to the unique circumstances of the specified counties.


          6)Contain an urgency clause.


          EXISTING LAW:  


          1)Provides that the sheriff shall receive all persons committed  
            to jail by competent authority.  The board of supervisors  








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            shall provide the sheriff with necessary food, clothing, and  
            bedding, for those prisoners, which shall be of a quality and  
            quantity at least equal to the minimum standards and  
            requirements prescribed by the Board of Corrections for the  
            feeding, clothing, and care of prisoners in all county, city  
            and other local jails and detention facilities.  The expenses  
            thereof shall be paid out of the county treasury, except as  
            provided.


          2)Authorizes the sheriff of each county to establish, maintain  
            and operate a store in connection with the county jail and for  
            this purpose to purchase confectionery, tobacco and tobacco  
            users' supplies, postage and writing materials, and toilet  
            articles and supplies and sell these goods, articles, and  
            supplies for cash to inmates in the jail.


          3)Requires the sale prices of the articles offered for sale at  
            the store to be fixed by the sheriff.  Any profit shall be  
            deposited in an inmate welfare fund to be kept in the treasury  
            of the county.


          4)States that there shall also be deposited in the inmate  
            welfare fund 10% of all gross sales of inmate hobbycraft.


          5)Provides that there shall be deposited in the inmate welfare  
            fund any money, refund, rebate, or commission received from a  
            telephone company or pay telephone provider when the money,  
            refund, rebate, or commission is attributable to the use of  
            pay telephones which are primarily used by inmates while  
            incarcerated.


          6)Mandates that the money and property deposited in the inmate  
            welfare fund is to be expended by the sheriff primarily for  
            the benefit, education, and welfare of the inmates confined  
            within the jail.  Any funds that are not needed for the  
            welfare of the inmates may be expended for the maintenance of  
            county jail facilities, as provided. 








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          7)Prohibits the use of the inmate welfare funds to pay required  
            county expenses of confining inmates in a local detention  
            system, such as meals, clothing, housing, or medical services  
            or expenses, except that inmate welfare funds may be used to  
            augment those required county expenses as determined by the  
            sheriff to be in the best interests of inmates.  An itemized  
            report of these expenditures shall be submitted annually to  
            the board of supervisors.


          8)Authorizes the sheriff to expend money from the inmate welfare  
            fund to provide indigent inmates, prior to release from the  
            county jail or any other adult detention facility under the  
            jurisdiction of the sheriff, with essential clothing and  
            transportation expenses within the county or, at the  
            discretion of the sheriff, transportation to the inmate's  
            county of residence, if the county is within the state or  
            within 500 miles from the county of incarceration.


          AS PASSED BY THE ASSEMBLY, this bill: 


          1)Authorized the victim's attorney to request a copy of the  
            parole board packet.


          2)Required the Board of Parole Hearings (BPH) to provide the  
            packet to the victim's attorney, if requested, at the same  
            time that the information is given to the district attorney.


          3)Provided that the statement which the victim's representative  
            or next of kin is allowed to submit for the parole hearing may  
            include substantiating references to the board packet.


          FISCAL EFFECT: None.  This bill is keyed non-fiscal by the  
          Legislative Counsel.









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          COMMENTS:  According to the author, "AB 920 will expand a  
          successful program that inadvertently sunset in 2015 to aid  
          re-entry of former inmates.  Studies have shown that successful  
          employment after release is one of the best predictors of  
          effective reintegration of former offenders.  The program  
          authorized by this bill will provide continuity of critical  
          services such as substance abuse treatment and counseling.   
          Furthermore, interventions as simple as help obtaining proper  
          identification improve the chances of obtaining employment, and  
          thus aid successful re-entry to the community."


          Analysis Prepared by:                                             
                          Sandy Uribe / PUB. S. / (916) 319-3744  FN:  
          0003652