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PART 3. OF IMPRISONMENT AND THE DEATH PENALTY [2000 - 10007]

  ( Part 3 repealed and added by Stats. 1941, Ch. 106. )

TITLE 1. IMPRISONMENT OF MALE PRISONERS IN STATE PRISONS [2000 - 3105]

  ( Title 1 repealed and added by Stats. 1941, Ch. 106. )

CHAPTER 4. Treatment of Prisoners [2650 - 2695.5]

  ( Chapter 4 added by Stats. 1941, Ch. 106. )

ARTICLE 6. Veterans In State Prisons [2695 - 2695.5]
  ( Article 6 added by Stats. 2012, Ch. 407, Sec. 2. )

2695.
  

The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shall develop guidance policies relative to the release of veterans who are inmates. The policies shall be developed with the intent to assist veterans who are inmates in pursuing claims for federal veterans’ benefits, or in establishing rights to any other privilege, preference, care, or compensation provided under federal or state law because of honorable service in the military. In developing the policies, the department may coordinate with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the county veterans service officer or veterans service organizations.

(Added by Stats. 2012, Ch. 407, Sec. 2. (AB 2490) Effective January 1, 2013.)

2695.1.
  

At each facility that is under the jurisdiction of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, a veterans service organization may volunteer to serve as a veterans service advocate.

(Added by Stats. 2014, Ch. 652, Sec. 2. (AB 2263) Effective January 1, 2015.)

2695.2.
  

(a) The advocate shall be authorized to develop a veterans economic recidivism prevention plan for each inmate who is a veteran during the 180-day period preceding the inmate’s release date.

(b) The veterans economic recidivism prevention plan for each inmate who is a veteran shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

(1) Facilitating access of the inmate to county veterans service officers, California Department of Veterans Affairs and United States Department of Veterans Affairs officers and personnel, so that the inmate may pursue claims for federal veterans’ benefits or any other privilege, preference, care, or compensation provided under federal or state law because of the inmate’s service in the military.

(2) Developing a plan for how the inmate will access earned veterans’ benefits that he or she may be eligible for upon the inmate’s release.

(c) In order to assist with the development and execution of the veterans economic recidivism prevention plan, the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shall do both of the following:

(1) (A) Facilitate access by the advocate to each inmate who is a veteran.

(B) Access by the advocate is subject to those department screening and clearance guidelines and training requirements that are imposed on other visitors and volunteers.

(C) Access by the advocate shall be allowed to the extent it does not pose a threat to the security or safety of the facility, or to inmates and staff.

(2) Provide the advocate with access to existing resources, including, but not limited to, computer and Internet access, that would assist the advocate in implementing the veterans economic recidivism prevention plan, to the extent it does not pose a threat to the security or safety of the facility, or to inmates and staff.

(d) A copy of the veterans economic recidivism prevention plan shall be provided to the inmate prior to the inmate’s release.

(Added by Stats. 2014, Ch. 652, Sec. 3. (AB 2263) Effective January 1, 2015.)

2695.3.
  

The advocate shall coordinate with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs in order to provide each inmate who is a veteran with access to earned veterans’ benefits.

(Added by Stats. 2014, Ch. 652, Sec. 4. (AB 2263) Effective January 1, 2015.)

2695.4.
  

The advocate shall coordinate with the California Department of Veterans Affairs and the county veterans service officer in the county in which the facility is located for advice, assistance, and training, and to evaluate the effectiveness of the veterans economic recidivism prevention plan.

(Added by Stats. 2014, Ch. 652, Sec. 5. (AB 2263) Effective January 1, 2015.)

2695.5.
  

For purposes of this article, the following definitions shall apply:

(a) “Advocate” means a veterans service organization that is federally certified and has volunteered to serve as a veterans service advocate pursuant to this article.

(b) “Veteran” means a person who has been discharged from the United States Army, United States Navy, United States Air Force, United States Marine Corps, United States Coast Guard, the National Guard of any state, or the Merchant Marine.

(Amended by Stats. 2016, Ch. 203, Sec. 1. (AB 2563) Effective January 1, 2017.)

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