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SB-502 California Voluntary Tattoo Removal Program.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 03/29/2017 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  March 29, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 502


Introduced by Senator Portantino

February 16, 2017


An act to add and repeal Section 1916 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to juveniles.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 502, as amended, Portantino. California Voluntary Tattoo Removal Program.
Existing law establishes a pilot program requiring the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Division of Juvenile Facilities to purchase 2 medical laser devices for the removal of tattoos, as specified, from eligible participants who are screened by community groups who serve at-risk youth, ex-offenders, ex-convicts, current and former gang members, or victims of trafficking and prostitution, as specified.
This bill would reestablish and modify a recently repealed program known as the California Voluntary Tattoo Removal Program, to be administered by the Board of State and Community Corrections to the extent that funds are appropriated, to provide funding for the removal of certain tattoos for individuals between 14 and 24 years of age age, who are in the custody of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation or county probation departments, who are on parole or probation, or who are in a community-based program serving at-risk youth youth, or who are placed in foster care as either dependent children or nonminor dependents, as specified, and who meet specified criteria. The bill would repeal the program on January 1, 2026.
This bill would also state the intent of the Legislature to encourage the board to extend, if available, specified federal funding for the above-described tattoo removal programs to include programs serving individuals between 14 and 24 years of age who were tattooed for identification in trafficking or prostitution.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 1916 is added to the Welfare and Institutions Code, to read:

1916.
 (a) The California Voluntary Tattoo Removal Program is hereby established.
(b) To the extent that funds are appropriated for this purpose, the Board of State and Community Corrections may administer the program.
(c) The program shall be designed to serve individuals between 14 and 24 years of age, who are in the custody of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation or county probation departments, who are on parole or probation, or who are in a community-based organization serving at-risk youth. youth, or who are placed in foster care as either children adjudged dependents of the juvenile court, pursuant to Section 300, or nonminor dependents, as defined in subdivision (v) of Section 11400.
(d) The board shall award grants in a competitive manner and on a geographically diverse basis, serving both northern and southern California.
(e) The Division of Juvenile Facilities of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, county probation departments, community-based organizations, county child welfare agencies, and relevant service providers may apply for the grants authorized by this section.
(f) Funds appropriated for purposes of this section shall be limited to federal funds.
(g) Tattoo removals shall be performed by licensed clinicians who, to the extent feasible, provide their services at a discounted rate, or free of charge.
(h) Grantees shall serve individuals who have gang-related tattoos or tattoos received for identification in trafficking and prostitution that are visible in a professional environment and who are recommended for the program by Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation representatives, parole agents, county probation officers, community-based organizations, or service providers. service providers, or county child welfare agencies.
(i) Individuals who have gang-related tattoos or tattoos received for identification in trafficking and prostitution that may be considered unprofessional and are visible in a professional work environment, who meet the criteria of subdivision (c), and who meet any of the following criteria may be eligible for participation in the program:
(1) Are actively pursuing secondary or postsecondary education.
(2) Are seeking employment or participating in workforce training programs.
(3) Are scheduled for an upcoming job interview or job placement.
(4) Are participating in a community or public service activity.
(j) Use of funding by grantees shall be limited to the following:
(1) The removal of gang-related tattoos or tattoos received for identification in trafficking and prostitution.
(2) Maintenance or repair of tattoo removal medical devices.
(3) Contracting with licensed private providers to offer the tattoo removal service.
(k) Grantees may also seek additional federal or private funding to execute the provisions of this section, and use those funds to supplement funding received through the program.
(l) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2026, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute that is enacted before January 1, 2026, deletes or extends that date.

SEC. 2.

 It is the intent of the Legislature to encourage the Board of State and Community Corrections to extend, if available, federal Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program funding authorized prior to the enactment of this measure for tattoo removal programs under Sections 1915 and 1916 of the Welfare and Institutions Code to include programs serving individuals between 14 and 24 years of age, inclusive, age who were tattooed for identification in trafficking or prostitution.