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AB-2129 Inmates: reentry program.(2013-2014)

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Assembly Bill
No. 2129

Introduced by Assembly Member Jones-Sawyer

February 20, 2014

An act to add Article 2.2 (commencing with Section 3014) to Chapter 8 of Title 1 of Part 3 of the Penal Code, relating to inmates.


AB 2129, as introduced, Jones-Sawyer. Inmates: reentry program.
Existing law requires the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to establish parole reentry and assessment programs for inmates in state prison, in order to assess the inmate prior to release and to assist with the inmate’s reentry into the community while on parole.
This bill would require the department to establish a voluntary prerelease reentry program for inmates in prison, to commence no later than 6 months prior to the inmate’s release from prison. The program would include, among other things, education programs, transition programs including employment services and skills, and cognitive behavior therapy, including substance abuse treatment and anger management.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


 Article 2.2 (commencing with Section 3014) is added to Chapter 8 of Title 1 of Part 3 of the Penal Code, to read:
Article  2.2. Prerelease Voluntary Reentry Program

 (a) The department shall create and implement a voluntary prerelease reentry program, for all inmates, as appropriate. Participation in the program is voluntary and shall commence no later than six months prior to release from prison.
(b) The program shall include, but not be limited to, adult basic education, career technical education, postsecondary education, and transition programs. The transition programs shall include, but are not limited to, transition planning, employment services and skills, financial literacy, and housing assistance. The program shall also include cognitive behavior therapy, including, but not limited to, substance abuse treatment, anger management, and family relationships.