California Legislation That Will Help Formerly Incarcerated

The mission of BOSS is to help homeless, poor and disabled people achieve health and self-sufficiency, and to fight against the root causes of poverty and homelessness. To that end, BOSS tries to stay up-to-date on legislation that relates to our mission and the people we serve, such as the following:

SB 10 and AB 42: California Bail Reform
Assemblymember Rob Bonta and Senator Robert Hertzberg

This bill significantly reduces the use of money bail and moves to a system where community safety, not wealth, is the basis for determining pretrial release. Provides pretrial services to help people back to court and comply with court-ordered conditions of release.

AB 1384: Trauma Recovery Centers
Assemblymember Shirley Weber

This bill creates clear guidelines and bolsters training for new trauma recovery centers ensuring crime survivors receive comprehensive and timely services.

AB 1115: Reducing Recidivism Through Expungement Relief
Assemblymember Jones-Sawyer

This bill authorizes a court, in its discretion, to grant expungement relief for a petitioner previously convicted of an offense included in AB 109 (2011), public safety Realignment.

AB 340: Mental Health Services for Low Income Children
Assemblymember Dr. Joaquin Arambula

This bill expands California’s infant and child early screening program to identify children who are victims of trauma, in order to provide them with the proper mental health care services.

SB 222: Access to Medi-Cal for Individuals who were Formerly Incarcerated
Senator Ed Hernandez

This bill increases access to critical health care services for Medi-Cal beneficiaries immediately after incarceration, a time of increased risk for medical problems, recidivism, and even death.

To express support for any of these bills or get more information, visit our friends and community partners, Californians for Safety and Justice

For more information about employment, education, and social services for citizens returning from incarceration, check out our Career Training & Employment Center (CTEC). They are having a Graduation Celebration on October 27th where we will take an evening to recognize and celebrate the hard work of over 50 CTEC participants who have overcome the odds, risen above adversity, and achieved life-changing, living-wage careers!