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          Date of Hearing:  May 11, 2016


                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS


                               Lorena Gonzalez, Chair


          AB  
          2061 (Waldron) - As Amended April 25, 2016


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          Urgency:  No  State Mandated Local Program:  NoReimbursable:  No


          SUMMARY:


          This bill establishes an additional Supervised Population  
          Workforce Training Grant (SPWTG) Program priority for  
          applications that include one or more employers who have  
          demonstrated interest in employing individuals in the supervised  
          population, including "earn and learn" opportunities, and intent  
          to hire.  It also expands the areas of the final program  
          assessment to include whether the SPWTG Program provided  








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          training opportunities in areas related to work skills learned  
          while incarcerated, including, but not limited to, while working  
          with the Prison Industry Authority. 


          


          FISCAL EFFECT: 


          


          No cost to SPWTG. 


          


          COMMENTS:


          1)Background/Purpose. In 2013, the SPWTG Program was established  
            to provide grant funds to innovative and targeted workforce  
            training programs for the formerly incarcerated, supervised  
            population, AB 2060 (V. Manuel Pérez) Chapter 383, Statutes of  
            2013.  AB 2061 expands on that program by encouraging a closer  
            alignment between the trainers and the prospective businesses  
            who will ultimately hire the individuals.  
          


            According to the author, "Returning to responsible working  
            life after incarceration or drug/alcohol intervention is a  
            critical and often a difficult process. Finding employment for  
            rehabilitated persons is a major contribution to reducing  
            recidivism rates. Business and non-profits that hire former  
            convicts significantly help them, their families, and  








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            communities they will live in. 


          


            "In reality, it is difficult, if not daunting, for a  
            previously convicted person to attain employment due to lack  
            of training, social skills, bias or fear.  AB 2061 will bridge  
            the gap in making it easier for a business or non-profit to  
            hire those rehabilitated persons, allowing them to learn much  
            needed job skills and experience in order to fully return to  
            life in society." 


          


          2)Support.  According to Legal Services for Prisoners with  
            Children, "The purpose of these [SPWTG] grants is to provide a  
            path for formerly incarcerated people to find employment.  By  
            giving preference to employers who hire formerly incarcerated  
            people, this bill asks these grant recipients to put their  
            money where their mouths are; to hire the people they are  
            training for employment."  
            Analysis Prepared by:Pedro Reyes / APPR. / (916)  
          319-2081