SB 990 Update
SB 990, Hueso. Status: 8/31/2022, Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 31. Noes 8.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling. Legislative Counsel’s Digest: Existing law generally requires that an inmate released on parole or postrelease community supervision be returned to the county of last legal residence. Existing law authorizes an inmate to be returned to another county or city if it would be in the best interests of the public. Existing law requires the paroling authority, in making that decision, to consider specified factors, including, among others, the need to protect the life or safety of a victim, and the verified existence of a work offer or educational or vocational training program. This bill would, for the factor relating to the verified existence of a work offer or educational or vocational training program, require that the offer or training program be chosen by the inmate. The bill would additionally add as a factor the existence of a housing option in another county, as specified. The bill would require the inmate, absent clear and convincing evidence that the parole transfer would present a threat to public safety, to be released in the county in the location of a post-secondary educational or vocational training program of the inmate’s choice, or of a work offer, the inmate’s family, outpatient treatment, or housing. The bill would also require a person on parole, absent clear and convincing evidence that it would present a threat to public safety, to be granted a permit to travel outside the county of commitment to a location where the person has post-secondary educational or vocational training program opportunities, an employment opportunity, or inpatient or outpatient treatment. The bill would require a person on parole, absent clear and convincing evidence that it would present a threat to public safety, to be granted approval of an application to transfer residency and parole to another county where the person has a post-secondary educational or vocational training program chosen by the inmate, or a work offer, the person’s family, inpatient or outpatient treatment, or housing. The bill would require a parole agent provide a written response to these requests within 7 days, and, if they deny the request, to include in writing the reasons for why granting the request would present a threat to public safety.
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