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AB-1633 The Board of State and Community Corrections.(2013-2014)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Section 6027.5 is added to the Penal Code, to read:

6027.5.
 (a) The board shall do all of the following:
(1) Develop consistent data collection processes and perform analysis with regard to sentencing to ensure that the state’s sentencing structure is based on sound, data-driven, and rational sentencing policy. The analysis shall include, but not be limited to, the following: whether and to what extent sentencing disparity among economic and social classes exists and, if so, the reasons for the disparity, the correctional costs associated with the disparity, whether or not state sentencing is comparable to sentences imposed by other states, if the length of that sentencing is appropriate, and the rate of rehabilitation based on that sentencing.
(2) Establish a public database to serve as a clearinghouse for all sentencing-related data that is compiled by the board.
(3) Issue recommended changes to the state’s sentencing structure with regard to the data and analysis collected pursuant to this section. The board shall submit its recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature with the annual report required pursuant to paragraph (11) of subdivision (b) of Section 6027.
(4) Publish a sentencing manual to provide guidance to judges, prosecutors, the defense bar, and the public on how sentencing works.
(b) In implementing subdivision (a), the board shall select and consult with the following stakeholders and experts:
(1) A district attorney, selected after conferring with the California District Attorneys Association.
(2) A public defender, selected after conferring with the California Public Defenders Association.
(3) A county sheriff, selected after conferring with the California State Sheriffs’ Association.
(4) A chief probation officer, selected after conferring with the Chief Probation Officers of California.
(5) A chief of police, selected after conferring with the California Police Chiefs Association.
(6) A member of the Board of Parole Hearings.
(7) The Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court, or his or her designee who shall be a justice on the Supreme Court or a court of appeals.
(8) Two trial court judges, selected after consulting with the California Judges Association.
(9) A representative from the Administrative Office of the Courts.
(10) Two professors of law, selected after conferring with the Senate Committee on Rules.
(11) A member of the State Senate, selected after conferring with the Senate Committee on Rules.
(12) Two academics with experience in criminal justice research, selected after conferring with the Speaker of the Assembly.
(13) A member of the State Assembly, selected after conferring with the Speaker of the Assembly.
(14) The Secretary of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, or his or her designee.
(15) The Attorney General, or his or her designee.
(16) The State Public Defender, or his or her designee.