AB 990 – (Santiago) Status: 09/02/2021 Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Assembly. (Ayes 29. Noes 10.) Legislative Counsel’s Digest: Establishes the right of visitation as a protected civil right for a person in custody of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation ("CDCR"), changes the standard of review for when CDCR limits civil rights, and establishes restrictions on denying a person visitation rights. This bill would additionally require those regulations pertaining to inmate visits to recognize and consider the right to personal visits as a civil right. The bill would prohibit in-person contact visits from being denied, the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation from denying in-person contact visits, as specified, including as a disciplinary sanction against the incarcerated person. The bill would require the department to inform an applicant of the specific reason for any denial of a visit.
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