CA Assembly passes bill that would force state to look at criminals' entire history before releasing them


The California State Assembly has passed AB 1408, which is meant to help law enforcement in the supervision of convicted criminals. 

Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon authored the measure:

“AB 1408 is a necessary modification to current law as we balance the rights and rehabilitation of the formerly incarcerated population, with the need to ensure that our communities are safe from dangerous criminals. The measure does not undo the steps the state has taken to address its prison overcrowding problem, but it will set some practical ground rules and enhance the tools available to law enforcement operating under these reforms.”

California's prison policies are insane. Offenders get early release because their last crime was "non-violent." Why just look at the last crime?! Why not look at their whole history?!

 AB 109, Prop 47, Prop 57, they're all disgusting.

AB 1408 has 3 provisions:

"First, it will require the Board of Parole Hearings to consider the entire criminal history of an inmate, not just the most recent offense, when considering them for release from prison. Under current law, the Board of Parole Hearings may consider the entire criminal history of an inmate prior to granting parole, but they are not required to.

Second, it will improve information sharing between the Division of Adult Parole Operations and the county probation departments. This will close those information gaps, which will provide greater context for the current supervising agency and the individualized supervision strategy they decide to pursue.  AB 1408 will ensure that both the state parole and local county probation departments have the information necessary to do the difficult job of monitoring the formerly incarcerated among us.

Third, it will require that upon a third Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS) violation, there be a mandatory PRCS revocation hearing. When officers have determined that intermediate sanctions – such flash incarceration – are not enough, the local supervising county agencies can request a revocation hearing.  At a revocation hearing, the terms of the PRCS can be modified or revoked entirely, resulting in the supervised person being sent to County Jail for up to 180 days. AB 1408 will establish firm requirements for the use of these revocation hearings."

Eric Leonard joined us at 3:30pm PT today with a report, click here for more at KFI News.


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