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Advocacy Wins

  • AB 2765 was signed by Governor Jerry Brown on September 28, 2016. This bill would extend the period of time in which a person could file a petition or application to reduce their low-level felony to a misdemeanor under Proposition 47 which was passed by voters in 2014.


  • AB 1056 was passed. This bill will help ensure that the Proposition 47 savings are used meaningfully by providing funding for collaborative, community-based proposals to assist formerly incarcerated persons with housing, behavioral healthcare, drug treatment and other services. 10/2/15


  • AB 219 was signed into law and codifies and expands access to the existing Alternative Custody Program by enacting a responsible timeline for application review and provide applicants with an opportunity to appeal. 10/10/15


  • SB 405 restores a driver's license if it was suspended for nonviolent offenses and if the driver agrees to a court-ordered debt collection program. The legislation will work in conjunction with Brown's proposed Traffic Amnesty Program. 9/30/15


  • Proposition 47 passed in the November 4, 2014 elections. Proposition 47 reclassifies certain felony drug and property offenses to misdemeanors. Inapplicable to persons with prior serious or violent crime convictions and registered sex offenders. Fiscal Impact: State and County criminal justice savings potentially in the high hundreds of millions of dollars annually. State savings to be spent on school truancy and dropout prevention, mental health and substance abuse treatment, and victim services.


  • AB 1579 signed into law. Known as the Healthy Baby Act of 2014, this bill gives pregnant women access to lifesaving CalWORKs cash and healthcare benefits in their second (as opposed to third) trimesters of pregnancy. It will particularly affect women facing domestic violence because abuse often starts or escalates during pregnancy 09/2014


  • Lifetime ban on CalWORKS and CalFresh for people with past felony convictions lifted through CA budget 06/2014


  • Alternative Custody Program expanded to men and implemented at the county level 06/2014


  • California expands Medi-cal 10/2013


  • AB 218 “Employment applications: criminal history” signed into law. Also known as “ban the box” removes that daunting question “have you ever been convicted of a felony?” from public employers’ applications 10/2013


  • Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino changes their policies to provide a fair and equal opportunity for housing persons with past felony convictions 09/2012


  • AB 2530 “No More Shackles” signed into law. AB 2530 is a bill to ensure that incarcerated pregnant women are restrained in the least restrictive way possible when being transported to and from a state or local correctional facility (reintroduction of AB 568 and AB 1900) 09/2012


  • Proposition 36 victory. Prop 36 revises the three strikes law to impose life sentence only when the new felony conviction is "serious or violent." 11/2012




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