BILL NUMBER: SB 261	INTRODUCED
	BILL TEXT


INTRODUCED BY   Senator Hancock

                        FEBRUARY 18, 2015

   An act to amend Section 6250.5 of the Penal Code, relating to
corrections.



	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   SB 261, as introduced, Hancock. Community correctional centers.
   Existing law authorizes the Department of Corrections and
Rehabilitation to contract for the establishment and operation of
community correctional facilities that offer programs for the
treatment of addiction to alcohol or controlled substances, based on
the therapeutic community model, under certain conditions. Existing
law requires each facility under contract to provide programs that
prepare each inmate for successful reintegration into society.
   This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to those
provisions.
   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 6250.5 of the Penal Code is amended to read:
   6250.5.  (a) The  Director of Corrections  
Secretary of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation 
may contract for the establishment and operation of community
correctional facilities that offer programs for the treatment of
addiction to alcohol or controlled substances based on the
therapeutic community model, only if the cost per inmate of operating
the facilities will be less than the cost per inmate of operating
similar state facilities. The Legislature finds and declares that the
purpose of a therapeutic community program, which emphasizes alcohol
and controlled substance rehabilitation, is to substantially
increase the likelihood of successful parole for those inmates.
   (b) Each facility under contract pursuant to this section shall
provide programs that prepare each inmate for successful
reintegration into society. Those programs shall involve constant
counseling in drug and alcohol abuse, employment skills, victim
awareness, and family responsibility, and generally shall prepare
each inmate for return to society. The programs also shall emphasize
literacy training and use computer-supported training so that inmates
may improve their reading and writing skills. The program shall
include postincarceration counseling and care in order to ensure a
greater opportunity for success.
   (c) The department may enter into a long-term agreement, not to
exceed 20 years, for transfer of prisoners to, or placement of
prisoners in, facilities under contract pursuant to this section.
   (d) The department shall provide for the review of  any
  an  agreement entered into under this section to
determine if the contractor is in compliance with the terms of this
section. The review shall be conducted at least every five years. The
department may revoke any agreement if the contractor is not in
compliance with this section.
   (e) Notwithstanding the Public Contract Code or Article 10
(commencing with Section 1200) of Title 15 of the California Code of
Regulations, the Department of Corrections  and Rehabilitation
 shall select an independent contractor to conduct an annual
audit and cost comparison evaluation of any programs established
under this section.  Any   A  contract for
annual audits and evaluation shall provide that the annual report,
whether in final or draft form, and all working papers and data,
shall be available for immediate review upon request by the
department.