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AB-1238 Parole: reentry programs.(2013-2014)



SECTION 1.

 Section 3054.5 is added to the Penal Code, to read:

3054.5.
 (a) (1) The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, to the extent existing resources are available or additional resources for these purposes are appropriated, shall establish up to five reentry work training programs.
(2) The reentry programs shall target parolees between 18 to 24 years of age to assist in the successful reintegration of those parolees into the community upon release or discharge from prison so that those young individuals can transform themselves into productive citizens with viable futures.
(b) The reentry programs shall enroll parolees in job training programs as described in Article 4 (commencing with Section 9800) of Chapter 2 of Part 1 of Division 3 of the Unemployment Insurance Code. The reentry programs may include, but are not limited to, the following components:
(1) Construction or rehabilitation of very low income housing, thereby providing training to parolees in the construction trades.
(2) Enrollment of parolees in academic services leading to a high school diploma or equivalency.
(3) Personal counseling and mentoring of parolees from adult role models.
(4) Tracking of graduates after completion of the program to offer additional support.
(c) The department shall maintain statistical information related to these reentry programs, including, but not limited to, the number of parolees served and the rate of return to prison for those parolees. On January 1, 2015, and on each January 1 thereafter, the department shall report this information to the Legislature. A report submitted pursuant to this subdivision shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.
(d) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2017, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that is enacted before January 1, 2017, deletes or extends that date.