BILL NUMBER: AB 2114	AMENDED
	BILL TEXT

	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  APRIL 12, 2016
	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  MARCH 17, 2016

INTRODUCED BY   Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia
    (   Coauthors:   Assembly Members 
 Brown   and Lackey   ) 

                        FEBRUARY 17, 2016

   An act relating to prisoners, and making an appropriation
therefor.



	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   AB 2114, as amended, Eduardo Garcia. Prisoners: support services.
   Existing law requires the Department of Corrections and
Rehabilitation to contract with a private nonprofit agency or
agencies to establish and operate a visitor center outside each state
adult prison in California that has a population of more than 300
inmates. Under existing law, those visitor centers are required to
provide minimum services to prison visitors, including, among other
services, assistance with transportation between public transit
terminals and prisons, child care for visitors' children, and
referral to other agencies and services.
   This bill would appropriate $1,500,000 from the General Fund to
the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for allocation to
the Counties of Alameda,  Coachella,  Los Angeles,
Monterey,  Riverside,  and Santa Clara to implement pilot
programs in those counties to provide reentry services and support to
persons who are, or who are scheduled to be, released from a county
jail. The bill would require the pilot programs to include specified
components, including support services for parents and a mentorship
program.  The bill would require each county tha   t
elects to implement one or more pilot programs pursuant to these
provisions to conduct a study and submit to the Legislature on or
before January 1, 2022, a report evaluating the effectiveness of the
pilot programs in the county.  The bill would also include a
statement of legislative findings and declarations.
   Vote: 2/3. Appropriation: yes. Fiscal committee: yes.
State-mandated local program: no.


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

  SECTION 1.  (a) The Legislature finds and declares all of the
following:
   (1) Studies have consistently found that prisoners who maintain
close contact with their family members while incarcerated have
better postrelease outcomes and lower recidivism rates. Despite this,
corrections officials are often obstinate in supporting this
communication with respect to written correspondence, visitation, and
phone calls.
   (2) Revising visitation policies to facilitate visits by family
members, investing in prison-based literacy programs and less
restrictive mail policies, and reducing intrastate prison and jail
phone rates would provide prisoners with greater opportunities to
maintain close relationships with their families.
   (3) Research cites that positive fatherhood involvement improves
life trajectory for a child. Also, fatherhood involvement in a child'
s life protects against risk factors that pose harm to children, such
as problematic behavior, maternal depression, and family economic
hardship. Fatherhood involvement is also associated with promoting
children's social and language skills.
   (4) Specific examples of culturally relevant approaches to
parenting, fatherhood support, and young male mentorship include Cara
y Corazón, El Joven Noble, and Circulo de Hombres, which have been
chosen as the culturally based family strengthening interventions in
other initiatives.
   (b) It is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that
accomplishes all of the following:
   (1) Supports and creates culturally competent programs that
increase opportunities for family friendly contact during and after
imprisonment.
   (2) Funds and creates culturally competent programmatic support
services and reentry strategies outside of imprisonment that support
fatherhood involvement, family reunification, and family
strengthening.
   (3) Supports expanded funding for innovation on culturally
relevant parenting, fatherhood support, and young male mentorship to
decrease the risk of violence, suicide, and other traumas that
children of prisoners who are under 17 years of age may be exposed to
by providing education, skills-based training, and early
intervention and treatment referrals to parents, families, and
children.
  SEC. 2.  (a) The sum of one million five hundred thousand dollars
($1,500,000) is hereby appropriated from the General Fund to the
Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for allocation in the
manner, and for the purposes, described in subdivisions (b) and (c),
respectively.
   (b) The  funds   moneys  appropriated
pursuant to subdivision (a) shall be allocated to each of the
following five  counties:   counties that elects
to participate in the pilot program:  Alameda, 
Coachella,  Los Angeles, Monterey,  Riverside,  and
Santa Clara.
   (c) Funds allocated pursuant to this section shall be used to
create pilot programs in each county to provide reentry services and
support to persons who are, or who are scheduled to be, released from
a county jail. Each pilot program that receives funding pursuant to
this section shall include all of the following components:
   (1) Support services for recipients who are parents.
   (2) A mentorship program that employs a culturally relevant,
population-specific approach that has been employed by nonprofit
organizations such as the National Compadres Network and the
Brotherhood of Elders.
   (3) The establishment of a collaborative body of training and
technical  advisors.   advisers. 
   (4) The establishment of a Youth Advisory Council to help inform
and guide program leaders.
   (5) Leadership opportunities, particularly for youth.
   (6) Services to address mental health issues, including mental
health issues relating to sexual exploitation, racial and ethnic
disparities, and trauma.
   (7) An advisory committee in each county to oversee the
establishment and implementation of the pilot program in the county.
   (d) A pilot program shall be eligible to receive funding pursuant
to this section only if the service providers meet all of the
following criteria:
   (1) Each provider has a proven track record of providing
meaningful, culturally based programming, including the support of
gender specific and gender fluid approaches.
   (2) Each provider offers services that support culturally based
family strengthening, character development, and community
mobilization.
   (3) Each provider offers services both before and after the
recipient's release from a county jail. 
   (e) (1) Each county that elects to implement a pilot program
pursuant to this section shall conduct a study and submit to the
Legislature on or before January 1, 2022, a report evaluating the
effectiveness of the pilot programs in that county.  
   (2) The report to be submitted pursuant to paragraph (1) shall be
submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.