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          SENATE THIRD READING


          SB  
          519 (Hancock)


          As Amended  September 4, 2015


          Majority vote


          SENATE VOTE:  40-0


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          |Committee       |Votes|Ayes                   |Noes                 |
          |                |     |                       |                     |
          |                |     |                       |                     |
          |                |     |                       |                     |
          |----------------+-----+-----------------------+---------------------|
          |Public Safety   |7-0  |Quirk, Melendez,       |                     |
          |                |     |Jones-Sawyer, Lackey,  |                     |
          |                |     |Lopez, Low, Santiago   |                     |
          |                |     |                       |                     |
          |----------------+-----+-----------------------+---------------------|
          |Appropriations  |17-0 |Gomez, Bigelow, Bloom, |                     |
          |                |     |Bonta, Calderon,       |                     |
          |                |     |Chang, Nazarian,       |                     |
          |                |     |Eggman, Gallagher,     |                     |
          |                |     |                       |                     |
          |                |     |                       |                     |
          |                |     |Eduardo Garcia,        |                     |
          |                |     |Holden, Jones, Quirk,  |                     |
          |                |     |Rendon, Wagner, Weber, |                     |
          |                |     |Wood                   |                     |
          |                |     |                       |                     |
          |                |     |                       |                     |








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          SUMMARY:  Requires the board of parole hearings (BPH) to  
          complete all youthful offender parole hearings by specified  
          dates.  Specifically, this bill:  


          1)Requires the BPH to complete all youthful offender parole  
            hearings for eligible individuals serving indeterminate life  
            terms by January 1, 2018.


          2)Requires the BPH to complete all youthful offender parole  
            hearings for eligible individuals serving determinate terms by  
            December 31, 2021, and to conduct requisite consultations by  
            January 1, 2018.


          3)Makes these provisions operative contingent upon the enactment  
            of SB 261 (Hancock) of the current legislative session, which  
            expands the youth offender parole process.


          EXISTING LAW:  


          1)Establishes a youth offender parole hearing which is a hearing  
            by the BPH for the purpose of reviewing the parole suitability  
            of any prisoner who was under 18 years of age at the time of  
            his or her controlling offense.  


          2)Provides the following parole mechanism for a person who was  
            convicted of a controlling offense that was committed before  
            the person had attained 18 years of age:


             a)   If the controlling offense was a determinate sentence  








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               the offender shall be eligible for release after 15 years;
             b)   If the controlling offense was a life term less than 25  
               years then the person is eligible for release after 20  
               years; and,


             c)   If the controlling offense was a life term of 25 years  
               to life then the person is eligible for release after 25  
               years.  


          3)Sets a deadline of July 1, 2015, for BPH to complete all youth  
            offender parole hearings for individuals who become entitled  
            to have their parole suitability considered at a youth  
            offender parole hearing on the effective date of the statute  
            that established youth offender parole hearings.  
          4)Provides that in reviewing a prisoner's suitability for parole  
            in a youthful offender parole hearing, the BPH shall give  
            great weight to the diminished culpability of juveniles as  
            compared to adults, the hallmark features of youth, and any  
            subsequent growth and increased maturity of the prisoner in  
            accordance with relevant case law.  


          FISCAL EFFECT:  Unknown.  This bill is keyed non-fiscal by the  
          Legislative Counsel.


          COMMENTS:  According to the author, "SB 519 is a technical  
          cleanup bill for SB 261 by Senator Hancock, which was approved  
          by the Assembly on a bipartisan vote.  The Administration has  
          some concerns with the implementation deadlines in that bill. 


          SB 519 addresses the Administration's concern by adding an  
          additional six months to that bill's deadlines."











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