AB1509

AB1509: Co-Sponsors The Anti-Racism Sentencing Reform Act

This bill was created to reduce the time added to a sentence for the use of a gun during the commission of a felony. This is the most common sentencing enhancement in California.

Current law holds that the use, discharge, or discharge causing death or great bodily injury during the commission of a violent felony triggers the 10-20-life gun enhancement, while the use of a gun during other felonies triggers the 1, 3, 4, or 10 years sentence enhancement.

This bill will eliminate the use of all gun enhancements except for two- Penal Code §12022.53 and Penal Code §12022.5. Both of those sections will have their sentencing scheme modified to a one-year, two-year, or three-year triad. This change will be retroactive so those sentenced with gun enhancements will be eligible for immediate relief. This will provide a means of vacating a conviction and recalling the sentence associated directly with any of the affected enhancements.

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AB 292 : Co-Sponsors Access to Programming Act

In November 2016, California voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 57, which required the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to expand opportunities for incarcerated people to reduce their sentence by earning credits for good behavior, participation in self-help groups, and completion of educational and rehabilitative programs.

However, inconsistent access to rehabilitative programming and inequalities in credit-earning rates have limited the reach of Proposition 57.

AB 292 seeks to expand upon the success of Proposition 57 by preventing disruptions to programming and credit-earning and by providing the same credit-earning and incentives to people who participate in in-prison rehabilitative programs as those who participate in Fire Camp.

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AB 2596: Co-Sponsors The Vision Act 2.0

AB 2596, the Voiding Inequality and Seeking Inclusion for Our Immigrant Neighbors (VISION) Act, would protect individuals who were convicted for offenses committed as youth and have earned release from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR)
from being transferred to immigration authorities for deportation purposes.

This bill also would prevent immigrants who are eligible for release from jail custody from being transferred to immigration authorities for deportation purposes.

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AB990: Co-Sponsors Family Connection Act

Numerous studies have found that close family contact during incarceration improves children’s mental health, improves in-custody behavior, and aids in successful reentry once released. The loss of family connections has received renewed attention due to the COVID pandemic, which has led to the wholesale cancellation of in-person visits and only minimal increases in phone communications in our state prisons. Unfortunately, significant barriers to visiting and phone contact existed before the pandemic and have only been exacerbated since.

During our town hall, we will hear about the experiences family members have to undergo in their effort to remain connected with their loved ones. We will also highlight new legislation that would ensure incarcerated individuals are able to maintain regular contact with their family and stay on a path to successful reentry into society. Visiting is a right, not a privilege.

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