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          Date of Hearing:  June 16, 2015

          Chief Counsel:     Gregory Pagan


                                  Bill Quirk, Chair

          517 (Monning) - As Introduced February 26, 2015

          SUMMARY:  Authorizes a court to release from custody a person on  
          probation, mandatory supervision, postrelease community  
          supervision (PRCS), or parole, who is alleged to have violated  
          the terms of supervision under any terms and conditions the  
          court deems appropriate unless the person is serving a period of  
          flash incarceration. 


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          EXISTING LAW:  

          1)Requires all persons paroled before October 1, 2011 to remain  
            under the supervision of the California Department of  
            Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) until jurisdiction is  
            terminated by operation of law or until parole is discharged.   
            (Pen. Code,  3000.09.)

          2)Requires the following persons released from state prison on  
            or after July 1, 2013 to be subject to parole under the  
            supervision of CDCR:

             a)   A person who committed a serious felony listed in Penal  
               Code Section 1192.7(c);

             b)   A person who committed a violent felony listed in Penal  
               Code Section 667.5(c);

             c)   A person serving a sentence under the "Three Strikes"  

             d)   A person classified as a high-risk sex offender;

             e)   A person determined to be a mentally disordered  

             f)   A person required to register as a sex offender and  


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               subject to a parole term exceeding three years at the time  
               of the commission of the offense for which he or she is  
               being released; and, 

             g)   A person subject to lifetime parole at the time of the  
               commission of the offense for which he or she is being  
               released.  (Pen. Code,  3000.08, subd. (a) and (i).)

          3)States that all other offenders released from prison on or  
            after July 1, 2013, to be placed on PRCS under the supervision  
            of a county agency, such as a probation department.  (Pen.  
            Code,  3000.08(b).)

          4)Limits PRCS to three years.  (Pen. Code,  3451, subd. (a).)

          5)Provides for intermediate sanctions for violating the terms of  
            PRCS, including "flash incarceration" for up to 10 days.   
            (Pen. Code,  3454.)

          6)Specifies that if PRCS is revoked, the offender may be  
            incarcerated in the county jail for a period not to exceed 180  
            days for each custodial sanction.  (Pen. Code,  3455, subd.  

          7)Prohibits the return of an offender who violates conditions of  
            PRCS to prison.  (Pen. Code,  3458.)


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          8)Specifies that a parolee held in custody for a pending parole  
            violation before October 1, 2011, may be returned to state  
            prison for the violation for period not to exceed 12 months.   
            (Pen Code  3057, subd. (a).)

          9)Specifies that a parolee held in custody for a pending parole  
            violation on or after October 1, 2011 will be returned to  
            county jail, rather than state prison, for up to 180 days of  
            incarceration per revocation.  (Pen. Code  3056, subd. (a).)

          10)Authorizes a county agency responsible for PRCS to determine  
            additional appropriate conditions of supervision consistent  
            with public safety, including continuous electronic  
            monitoring, order the provision of appropriate rehabilitation  
            and treatment services, determine appropriate incentives, and  
            determine and order appropriate responses to alleged  
            violations, which can include, but shall not be limited to,  
            immediate, structured, and intermediate sanctions up to and  
            including referral to a reentry court, or flash incarceration  
            in a county jail.  Periods of flash incarceration are  
            encouraged as one method of punishment for violations of an  
            offender's condition of post release supervision.  (Pen. Code,  
             3454, subd. (b).)

          11)Defines "flash incarceration" as a period of detention in  
            county jail due to a violation of an offender's conditions of  
            post release supervision.  The length of the detention period  
            can range between one and 10 consecutive days.  Flash  
            incarceration is a tool that may be used by each county agency  
            responsible for post release supervision.  Shorter, but if  
            necessary more frequent, periods of detention for violations  
            of an offender's post release supervision conditions shall  
            appropriately punish an offender while preventing the  
            disruption in a work or home establishment that typically  
            arises from longer term revocations.  (Pen. Code  3454, subd.  


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          FISCAL EFFECT:  Unknown


          1)Author's Statement:  According to the author, "Prior to  
            the implementation of criminal justice realignment under  
            AB 109, the California Department of Corrections and  
            Rehabilitation had the authority to issue arrest warrants  
            for parole violations along with issuing and recalling  
            parole holds. While the courts were given the statutory  
            authority to issue arrest warrants for parole violations  
            under realignment, the legislation failed to give  
            explicit statutory authority for the courts to recall a  
            parole hold. Without this statutory authority, a  
            supervising parole or probation officer has the sole  
            authority over custody decisions of a supervised  
            individual in jail on a parole hold.

          "When a supervised person is rearrested and placed in  
            custody, the supervising officer can either impose  
            sanctions on the offender, such as flash incarceration,  
            or petition the courts to have their parole revoked.   
            Until that happens, however, the courts have no statutory  
            authority to release the individual from the parole hold.  
            Additionally, an October 2014 appellate court decision,  
            Williams v. Superior Court (2014) 230 Cal.App.4th 636,  
            now requires the supervising officer to act within 10  
            days of placing a supervised person on a parole hold, by  
            either imposing sanctions or initiating revocation  
            proceedings with the courts.


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          "SB 517 will provide the courts with discretion when  
            determining the custody status of an individual on  
            probation, parole, or post release community supervision  
            who is placed in county jail on a parole hold for  
            violating their terms of supervision.  This measure will  
            correct an oversight of realignment and ensure that  
            courts have the same authority CDCR had prior to  




          Judicial Council of California (Sponsor)

          California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
          California Judges Association
          California Public Defenders Association
          California Police Chiefs Association
          Californians for Safety and Justice 

          Legal Services for Prisoners with Children



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          Analysis Prepared by:Gregory Pagan / PUB. S. / (916)