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AB-997 Cannabis: criminal resentencing.(2021-2022)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Section 11361.9 of the Health and Safety Code is amended to read:

11361.9.
 (a) On or before July 1, 2019, the Department of Justice shall review the records in the state summary criminal history information database and shall identify past convictions that are potentially eligible for recall or dismissal of sentence, dismissal and sealing, or redesignation pursuant to Section 11361.8. The department shall notify the prosecution of all cases in their jurisdiction that are eligible for recall or dismissal of sentence, dismissal and sealing, or redesignation.
(b) The prosecution shall have until July 1, 2020, to review all cases and determine whether to challenge the recall or dismissal of sentence, dismissal and sealing, or redesignation.
(c) (1) The prosecution may challenge the resentencing of a person pursuant to this section when the person does not meet the criteria established in Section 11361.8 or presents an unreasonable risk to public safety.
(2) The prosecution may challenge the dismissal and sealing or redesignation of a person pursuant to this section who has completed his or her  their  sentence for a conviction when the person does not meet the criteria established in Section 11361.8.
(3) On or before July 1, 2020, the prosecution shall inform the court and the public defender’s office in their county when they are challenging a particular recall or dismissal of sentence, dismissal and sealing, or redesignation. The prosecution shall inform the court when they are not challenging a particular recall or dismissal of sentence, dismissal and sealing, or redesignation.
(4) The public defender’s office, upon receiving notice from the prosecution pursuant to paragraph (3), shall make a reasonable effort to notify the person whose resentencing or dismissal is being challenged.
(d) (1)  If the prosecution does not challenge the recall or dismissal of sentence, dismissal and sealing, or redesignation by July 1, 2020, the court shall reduce or dismiss the conviction pursuant to Section 11361.8.
(2) For all cases that have been reviewed and that the prosecution has not challenged, but that have not been heard by the court before January 1, 2023, the sentence shall be deemed to have been reduced or dismissed pursuant to Section 11361.8 as of that date. On or before July 1, 2023, the court shall update its records in accordance with this paragraph and shall report all cases where the sentence has been reduced or dismissed pursuant to this paragraph to the Department of Justice for adjustment of the state summary criminal history information database pursuant to subdivision (e).
(e) The court shall notify the department of the recall or dismissal of sentence, dismissal and sealing, or redesignation and the department shall modify the state summary criminal history information database accordingly.
(f) The department shall post general information on its Internet Web site  internet website  about the recall or dismissal of sentences, dismissal and sealing, or redesignation authorized in this section.
(g) It is the intent of the Legislature that persons who are currently serving a sentence or who proactively petition for a recall or dismissal of sentence, dismissal and sealing, or redesignation pursuant to Section 11361.8 be prioritized for review.