Assembly Passes Weber’s Victims of Crime,Gang Database Oversight & Elder Parole Bills

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The California State Assembly has passed key public safety bills authored by Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber, including a measure to ensure better support services and improved outcomes for victims of crime experiencing trauma.  The bills now move to the Senate for consideration.

AB 1384 is aimed at duplicating the Integrated Trauma Recovery Services model at the Trauma Recovery Center (TRC) at the University of California at San Francisco. The TRC model uses assertive outreach clinical-case management and evidence based trauma-focused therapies.

“Victims and their families often face debilitating mental, physical and economic consequences from the trauma of violence, sex trafficking and other types of serious crimes,” Weber said. “They need to heal and rebuild their lives. We should ensure that providers offer a service model that is easy to access and provide integrated services tailored to the specific needs of these individuals.”

Also passed by the Assembly:

AB 90 would move oversight and administration of the CalGang Database to the California Department of Justice and prohibit the sharing of CalGang with any federal agencies. In 2016, the State Auditor found a number of problems with the CalGang database, including inadequate compliance with requirements to inform minors of inclusion on the data base, and alleged self-professed gang members on the list who were less than one-year old. AB 90 would also place a moratorium on the use of CalGang until the concerns raised by the state audit are resolved.

AB 1448 codifies the existing Elderly Parole Program implemented by the Brown Administration following the prison overcrowding class action case Plata/Coleman v. Brown (2013). The bill sets the age and time served requirements for receiving a parole review hearing to allow people who are 60 years of age and older, and who have been incarcerated for at least 25 years on their current sentence, to be reviewed by the Board of Parole Hearings under the elder parole review guidelines.