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          Date of Hearing:  May 4, 2016


                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS


                               Lorena Gonzalez, Chair


          AB  
          2114 (Eduardo Garcia) - As Amended April 12, 2016


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          Urgency:  No  State Mandated Local Program:  NoReimbursable:  No


          SUMMARY:


          This bill appropriates $1.5 million General Fund (GF) for the  
          purpose of creating pilot programs in Alameda, Riverside, Los  
          Angeles, Monterey and Santa Clara counties to provide reentry  
          services and support for persons who are, or are scheduled to  
          be, released from county jail.  Specifically, this bill:


          1)Requires each pilot program that receives funding pursuant to  








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            this section include all of the following components:
             a)   Support services for recipients who are parents;
             b)   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;


             c)   The establishment of a collaborative body of training  
               and technical advisors;


             d)   The establishment of a Youth Advisory Council to help  
               inform and guide program leaders;


             e)   Leadership opportunities, particularly for youth; 


             f)   Services to address mental health issues, including  
               mental health issues relating to sexual exploitation,  
               racial and ethnic disparities, and trauma; and 


             g)   An advisory committee in each county to oversee the  
               establishment and implementation of the pilot program in  
               the county. 





          1)States that a pilot program will be eligible to receive  
            funding pursuant to this section only if the service providers  
            meet specific criteria, such as: 1) proven track record of  
            providing meaningful, culturally-based programming; 2) offers  
            services that support culturally-based family strengthening,  
            character development, and community mobilization; and 3)  
            offers services both before and after the recipient's release  








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            from a county jail.
          2)Requires counties that elect to participate in a pilot program  
            to conduct a study and report to the Legislature on the  
            effectiveness of the pilot program.


          FISCAL EFFECT:


          One-time $1.5 million GF appropriation to the Department of  
          Corrections and Rehabilitation. (CDCR).


          


          COMMENTS:


          1)Background.  Under current law, CDCR is authorized to operate  
            pilot programs that affect inmates.  Preference is given to  
            counties siting reentry centers and mental health day  
            treatment and crisis care so that parolees with mental health  
            and substance abuse needs can continue to receive services at  
            the conclusion of their period of parole. 
            To assist inmates who are about to be released, CDCR has  
            created many offender programs under the Office of Offender  
            Services.  These programs include Substance Abuse Services  
            Coordination Agencies, for referral, placement and treatment  
            for drug abuse with case managers; the Female Offender  
            Treatment and Employment Program, which allows female parolees  
            to live with their children in a community setting for up to  
            15 months; the Parolee Services Network, which connects CDCR  
            to the Department of Healthcare Services; and Parolee Service  
            Centers, which provide residency and support services to help  
            parolees maintain employment.  


          2)Purpose.  According to the author, "AB 2114 seeks to address  








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            the social and systemic barriers that incarcerated and  
            previously incarcerated men and woman face through  
            facilitating healthy relationships with their families.
            "Addressing the barriers faced by re-entry from prison not  
            only supports the well-being of the individual and their  
            families but also the strengthening of their communities."


            This bill would create additional pilot programs to help  
            parents in the criminal justice system connect with their  
            children while they serve their commitments.


          3)Support.  According to Youth Alliance, "AB 2114 provides  
            critical support to help transform lives and families by  
            creating additional paths of hope and opportunity to a  
            significantly underserved and highly impacted population. 

          4)Prior Legislation:  AB 900 (Solorio), Chapter 7, Statutes of  
            2007, requires CDCR to develop and implement a plan to obtain  
            additional rehabilitation and treatment services for prison  
            inmates and parolees, an Inmate Treatment and  
            Prison-to-Employment Plan, and creates the California  
            Rehabilitation Oversight Board.



          Analysis Prepared by:Pedro Reyes / APPR. / (916)  
          319-2081


















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