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AB-2250 Children of incarcerated parents: working group.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 04/05/2018 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 05, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 15, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 2250


Introduced by Assembly Member Thurmond

February 13, 2018


An act to add Section 7446 to the Penal Code, relating to children of incarcerated parents.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2250, as amended, Thurmond. Children of incarcerated parents: working group.
Existing law requires the California Research Bureau in the California State Library to conduct a study of the children of women who are incarcerated in state prisons for the purpose of determining how many incarcerated women have children and to gather basic information about the children. Existing law requires the California Research Bureau to convene an advisory group to assist in designing and administering the study.
This bill would require the Board of State and Community Corrections to convene a working group regarding the specified needs of children of incarcerated parents. The bill would require the working group to include representatives from the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the Judicial Council, the Chief Probation Officers of California, and children of incarcerated parents and their advocacy groups, among others. The bill would require the working group to develop guidelines for policy and procedure decisions that impact children of incarcerated parents and to make policy and fiscal recommendations to the Legislature for potential revisions to state law.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 7446 is added to the Penal Code, to read:

7446.
 (a) The Board of State and Community Corrections shall convene a working group regarding the needs of children of incarcerated parents, as specified in paragra 0;">(9) Children of incarcerated parents and their advocacy groups, including, but not limited to, the San Francisco Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership, the Alameda County Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership, Project Avary, and Project WHAT!. Project WHAT!, POPS the Club, and Place4Grace.
(b) The working group shall do all of the following:
(1) By January 1, 2020, develop guidelines using the needs described in paragraph (3) as a set of guiding principles for policy and procedure decisions that impact children of incarcerated parents in the areas of corrections, education, child welfare, mental health, the courts, law enforcement, and probation.
(2) By January 1, 2020, make policy and fiscal recommendations to the Legislature for potential revisions to state law that would adhere to those aforementioned guidelines.
(3) Examine the unique needs of children of incarcerated parents, which include, but are not limited to, the child’s need for all of the following:
(A) To be kept informed and protected from additional trauma at the time of parental arrest.
(B) To be heard and respected by decisionmakers when decisions are made about the child.
(C) To be considered when decisions are made about the child’s parent.
(D) To be cared for in the absence of the child’s parent in a way that prioritizes the child’s physical, mental, and emotional needs.
(E) To speak with, see, and touch the incarcerated parent.
(F) To be provided support through local services and programs geared toward the needs of children with incarcerated parents.
(G) To not be judged, labeled, or blamed for the parent’s incarceration.
(H) To have a lifelong relationship with the incarcerated parent.