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AB-2610 Prisons: wild mustang program.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 04/29/2020 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  May 04, 2020

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 2610


Introduced by Assembly Member Cooper

February 20, 2020


An act to add and repeal Chapter 9.1 (commencing with Section 6210) of Title 7 or Part 3 of the Penal Code, relating to prisons.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2610, as amended, Cooper. Prisons: wild mustang program.
Existing law establishes the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation with jurisdiction over state prison facilities. Existing law requires the department to provide academic and vocational education to inmates as specified. Existing law authorizes the department to establish camps for the employment of inmates.
This bill would establish the Wild Mustang Pilot Program for a period of 5 years to employ inmates in work related to the boarding, care, feeding, maintenance, training, and domestication of feral horses acquired from the Bureau of Land Management or Indian tribes. The bill would require the program to be funded by existing funds for rehabilitation programs and would require any revenue received by the program, as specified, to offset program costs. The bill would authorize the department to adopt emergency regulations to implement the program.
The bill would require the Office of the Inspector General to conduct an evaluation of the program, as specified, and to prepare and submit a report to the Legislature by January 1, 2025, regarding this evaluation.

This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact a bill creating a prisoner rehabilitation pilot program in which inmates are trained to provide care for and train feral horses, as specified.

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

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


SECTION 1.

 Chapter 9.1 (commencing with Section 6210) is added to Title 7 of Part 3 of the Penal Code, to read:
CHAPTER  9.1. Wild Mustang Pilot Program

6210.
 There is hereby established within the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation the Wild Mustang Pilot Program, to operate for a period of five years.

6211.
 The primary purpose of the Wild Mustang Program shall be the receiving, employment, care, custody, and education of inmates in the custody of the Secretary of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation assigned to the program.

6212.
 (a) Inmates assigned to the Wild Mustang Program shall perform work related to the boarding, care, feeding, maintenance, training, and domestication of feral horses to prepare these horses for adoption to the public or for use by public agencies that utilize horses for mounted patrol purposes.
(b) In addition to assigned work, inmates assigned to the program shall receive supportive services, including education and vocational training, drug and alcohol abuse treatment, mental health services, and classes in employment skills, cultural competence, and victim empathy, as appropriate.
(c) The program shall also utilize case management specialists at a ratio not to exceed 25 inmates per specialist, to develop individualized case management and community reentry plans with each inmate addressing program goals and transitioning back into the community.

6213.
 The secretary shall provide a suitable location or locations for the Wild Mustang Program, which may be located either within a state prison facility, in a remote camp location established pursuant to Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 2780) of Title 1, or at a location contracted for as an alternative custody program pursuant to Section 1170.05.

6214.
 The department shall collaborate with the United States Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse and Burro Program, or with federally recognized Indian tribes within the state that have feral horses, to acquire the horses and develop the program. Any revenue received from these entities for the care of the horses or from the adoption of these horses shall be used to offset the costs of the program.

6215.
 The department may adopt emergency regulations necessary to carry out the provisions of this chapter.

6216.
 The Office of the Inspector General shall, by no later than January 1, 2025, complete an evaluation of the pilot program including, but not limited to, the impact of the program on participant recidivism and the cost effectiveness of the program compared to other rehabilitative programs utilized by the department, and shall prepare and submit a report to the Legislature summarizing these findings. The report required by this section shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.

6217.
 The secretary shall utilize existing funding for prison rehabilitation funding to operate this pilot program.

6219.
 This chapter shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2026, and as of that date is repealed.

SECTION 1.

It is the intent of the Legislature to enact a bill creating a prisoner rehabilitation pilot program at an unspecified adult facility of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in which inmates are trained to provide care for and train feral horses provided from herds managed by the Bureau of Land Management of the United States Department of the Interior, to prepare the horses for adoption.