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AB-610 Victims of crime: notification.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 03/24/2017 04:00 AM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  March 23, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 610


Introduced by Assembly Member O'Donnell

February 14, 2017


An act relating to victims of crime. An act to add Section 3043.35 to the Penal Code, relating to crime victims.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 610, as amended, O'Donnell. Victims of crime: notification.
Existing law requires the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to give notice of any hearing to review or consider the parole suitability of an inmate to any victim of a crime committed by the inmate at least 90 days before his or her hearing before the Board of Parole Hearings. Existing law requires the victim to make a request and keep the board apprised of his or her current contact information in order to receive the notice. Existing law also requires the department to provide a form to enable victims of crime to request and receive notification from the department of the release, escape, scheduled execution, or death of a violent offender.
This bill would require the department to create a victim outreach program to conduct outreach to victims, witnesses, or next of kin of victims that have not yet requested notification and to make the right to notification services public, as provided.

Existing law requires the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, county sheriff, and director of the local department of corrections, upon request, to give notice, as specified, prior to the release from state prison or county jail, of any person convicted of specified offenses, or of any change in parole status or relevant change in parole location, or if the person absconds from supervision while on parole, to a victim of the offense and others, as specified.

This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation regarding victim notification systems.

Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NOYES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 3043.35 is added to the Penal Code, to read:

3043.35.
 (a) The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shall create a victim outreach program to do all of the following:
(1) Conduct outreach to victims, witnesses, or next of kin of victims that have not yet requested notification pursuant to Section 679.03 or 3043, and inform them of their right to notification under those sections.
(2) Focus outreach efforts on victims, witnesses, or next of kin of victims associated with the cases of offenders subject to reduced sentencing or early parole due to a change in law subsequent to sentencing.
(3) Make public the right to victim notification services offered pursuant to the Victims’ Bill of Rights Act of 2008: Marsy’s Law, and the availability and process of victim notification services provided by the department and the Victim Services Unit of the Department of Justice.
(b) The personal information of individuals collected pursuant to outreach efforts made pursuant to this section are confidential and are not subject to release pursuant to the California Public Records Act (Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 6250) of Division 7 of Title 1 of the Government Code).

SECTION 1.

It is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation regarding victim notification systems.