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AB-696 County juvenile facilities: pepper spray.(2019-2020)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Section 6034 is added to the Penal Code, to read:

6034.
 (a) The Board of State and Community Corrections shall contract with a research entity to conduct a study on the efficacy and impacts of the use of pepper spray in juvenile halls, as defined in Section 850 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, and juvenile ranches, camps, and forestry camps, as described in Section 881 of the Welfare and Institutions Code.
(b) The research entity contracted with pursuant to subdivision (a) shall satisfy all of the following requirements:
(1) Has the ability to work in a national scope.
(2) Has a research focus on institutional care for youth.
(3) Is nonpartisan.
(4) Has not previously taken a policy position on, or made recommendations regarding, the use of pepper spray in juvenile facilities.
(c) The study shall examine, at a minimum, all of the following:
(1) The impacts of pepper spray on youth in county juvenile facilities, as described in subdivision (a), in California.
(2) The impacts of pepper spray on institutional staff in county juvenile facilities, as described in subdivision (a), in California.
(3) The use of pepper spray in mitigating physical altercations between one or more youth and between one or more youth and institutional staff.
(4) Best practices for training on the use of pepper spray.
(5) Best practices on de-escalation.
(6) An analysis of the laws relating to, and the outcomes from the use of, pepper spray in other states, including, but not limited to, research conducted in other states relating to these topics.
(d) The research entity shall submit the study to the Board of State and Community Corrections, the Assembly Public Safety Committee, and the Senate Public Safety Committee by January 1, 2022.
(e) For the purposes of this section, “pepper spray” means oleoresin capsicum spray.