Today's Law As Amended


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AB-1452 State prison.(2021-2022)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Section 5009 of the Penal Code is amended to read:

5009.
 (a) It is the intention intent  of the Legislature that all prisoners shall  be afforded reasonable opportunities to exercise religious freedom.
(b) (1) Except in extraordinary circumstances, upon the transfer of an inmate to another state prison institution, any member of the clergy or spiritual adviser who has been previously authorized by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to visit that inmate  shall be granted visitation privileges at the institution to which the inmate is transferred within 72 48  hours of the transfer. transfer if the member of the clergy or spiritual adviser has been previously authorized by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to visit that inmate. 
(2) Visitations by members of the clergy or spiritual advisers shall be subject to the same rules, regulations, and policies relating to general visitations applicable at the institution to which the inmate is transferred.
(3) A departmental or volunteer chaplain who has ministered to or advised an inmate incarcerated in state prison may, voluntarily and without compensation, continue to minister to or advise the inmate while he or she  the inmate  is on parole, provided that  if  the departmental or volunteer chaplain so notifies  provides notification to  the warden and the parolee’s parole agent in writing.
(c) Nothing in this section limits This section does not limit  the department’s ability to prohibit a departmental chaplain from ministering to a parolee, or to exclude a volunteer chaplain from department facilities, if either is found to be in violation of any law or regulation and that violation would ordinarily be grounds for adverse action or denial of access to a facility or person under the department’s custody.