California Police Chiefs Sponsor Pérez Public Safety Legislation

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AB 1449 makes several changes to realignment statute

(SACRAMENTO) – State Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez reported that the California Police Chiefs Association (CPCA) has formally announced its support and sponsorship of his public safety bill, AB 1449.

“I deeply appreciate the sponsorship and support of the CPCA,” said Pérez. “It is a validation of the post-realignment challenges brought to us by local law enforcement, who are working hard to keep our communities safe. My goal with this bill is to support and complement the state’s realignment goals, helping to reduce the overall prison population and enabling local jurisdictions to focus on reducing recidivism and transforming offender behavior.”

 

“The California Police Chiefs Association (CPCA) is proud to sponsor AB 1449, and we appreciate Assemblymember Pérez’s leadership on this critical public safety issue,” said Chief Kim Raney, CPCA President. “AB 1449 is a practical bill that helps local jurisdictions uphold the public trust by addressing a number of challenges related to state-mandated realignment.”

In 2011, Governor Brown signed AB 109, The Public Safety Realignment Act, which shifted to counties the responsibility for monitoring, tracking, and incarcerating lower-level offenders previously sent to state prison.  By mid-2013, more than 100,000 offenders had been diverted from state prison to county supervision.  Local jurisdictions have struggled to handle this influx of offenders, encountering a number of implementation challenges.

Assembly Bill 109 had the objective of shedding more than 30,000 inmates from in-state prisons to county prisons and significantly cutting the prison budget.

Specifically, AB 1449 makes three changes to the realignment statute:  First, it would allow an offender’s full adult criminal history to be considered when determining whether the county or state will supervise a parolee. Second, the bill would remand any person sentenced to three or more years to state custody and would clarify that only inmates serving fewer than three years are eligible for county custody. Third, it would impose a one-year prison sentence on anyone convicted of three or more technical probation violations.

In developing the policy proposal, Pérez relied on input from local law enforcement stakeholders in Riverside and Imperial counties, as well as the 2013 Stanford Law School report, “Voices from the Field: How California Stakeholders View Public Safety Realignment,” a statewide survey of police, sheriffs, judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, probation and parole agents, victim advocates, offenders and social service representatives.