LARRP Policy and Legal Committee: Legislative Update

Thank you LARRP members for all your support and work this legislative session! As you know, every year LARRP combs through the hundreds of bills making their way through Sacramento and selects a handful of priority bills that advance the LARRP mission.

Great news, most of LARRP's 2018 priority bills are still alive! Here's the quick rundown:

  • AB 1793 (Bonta) Cannabis Convictions - which requires the court to automatically resentence or dismiss cannabis related convictions,passed out of Appropriations Cmte and is on the Assembly floor for a full vote.
  • AB 1940 (McCarthy) Parole Reintegration Credits- which allows parolees to earn more credits, passed out of Appropriations Cmte and is on the Assembly floor for a full vote.
  • AB 2133 (Webber) Criminal Justice: State summary criminal history records- which gives defense attorneys greater access to defendants criminal records, passed through the Assembly and is headed to the State Senate.
  • AB 2138 (Low/Chiu) Licensing Boards: Denial of application: Criminal Conviction - which limits a regulatory board's discretion to deny a license based on previous convictions, passed out of Appropriations Cmte and is on the Assembly floor for a full vote.
  • AB 2293 (Reyes) Emergency Medical Services - which reduces barriers for individuals who have already served their time to have an opportunity for employment that requires an EMT license, passed out of Appropriations Cmte and is on the Assembly floor for a full vote.
  • AB 2438 (Ting) Expediting the Records Clearing Process - requires the court to automatically expunge a conviction after a defendant has completed probation and fully complied with the sentence of the court, DID NOT pass out of Assembly Appropriations, and may be dead for this session.
  • AB 3115 (Gibson) County Jail Voter Education and Registration - which requires each county jail to allow at least one organization to provide a voter education program in the county jail, passed through the Assembly and is headed to the State Senate.
  • SB 10 (Hertzberg) Bail: pretrial release - awaiting a vote in Assembly Appropriations (2 year bill so different timelines apply).
  • SB 215 (Beall) Diversion: Mental Disorders - which creates a pretrial diversion program for defendants who commit petty crimes and suffer from a mental disorder, is awaiting a vote in AssemblyPublic Safety Committee (June 12, 2018) (2 year bill).
  • SB 1010 (Beall) Parolees: Supportive housing pilot program - which requires CDCRto create the Supportive Housing Pilot Program for mentally ill parolees, passed through the Senate and is headed to theAssembly.
  • SB 1025 (Skinner) Probation: Eligibility: crimes related to controlled substances - which permits a court to grant probation or suspend the imposition of a sentence for specified drug offenses, passed through the Senate and is headed to theAssembly.
  • SB 1298 (Skinner) Increasing access to employment act - which limits the DOJ from reporting specified records and provides a copy of those records to the person before releasing it to the requester, was held under submission in Senate Appropriations and may be dead for the year.
  • SB 1392 (Mitchell) Sentencing - which repeals the one-year sentence enhancement for each prior felony term, DID NOT pass out of the Senate and is dead for the year.
  • SB 1393 (Mitchell) Sentencing - which authorizes a court to strike or dismiss a prior serious felony conviction which otherwise adds an enhancement of 5 years for each prior conviction of a serious felony, passed out of the Senate and is in Assembly Public Safety Committee.

Reducing Crime and Keeping California Safe Act 2018 

This is an effort by law enforcement to roll back the hard fought gains in Prop 47 and Prop 57. We urge all criminal justice reformers to vote NO.

This measure will:

A. Reform the parole system so violent felons are not released early from prison, strengthen

oversight of parolees, and tighten penalties for violations of terms of parole;
B. Reform theft laws to restore accountability for serial thieves and organized theft rings; and

C. Expand DNA collection from persons convicted of drug, theft and domestic violence related
crimes to help solve violent crimes and exonerate the innocent.

Committee meetings

The Policy & Advocacy Committee holds quarterly Policy Forums. Watch the calendar for specific dates. Sessions begin at 10 a.m. with "Reentry/ Realignment 101" and are followed by an update on current reentry policy from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon.


Committee charter

Policy Committee charter, structure and activities as of July 2012 - click to see or download PDF

LARRP Policy Priorities

Committee Charter: To develop and advocate for the implementation of legislative and administrative policies that reduce recidivism, improve public safety and social justice, safeguard the rights of victims, and decrease incarceration levels while providing accountability to taxpayers, protecting against costly liability, and reducing structural inequalities.

  1. Remove Barriers to Reentry
  2. Reduce Incarceration Rates and Eliminate Discrimination in the Justice System
  3. Develop a Robust Community ReentrySystem

Work Plan

The Policy and Advocacy Committee addresses issues that can be addressed by legislative and administrative policy at the local, state, and, to some degree the federal levels.  In the local policy arena, the committee continues to advocate for increased funding for rehabilitative services for formerly incarcerated people. Watch these pages and the monthly LARRP newsletter for updates and ways to
become involved.

Click here for the 2015-16 Committee goals and objectives.