Jeni’s Articles of Interest

SAMHSA Releases Guide for Helping Families Support Their LGBT Children

Adropting Policy Prohibiting Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) Letter from California Department of Education (March 2014)

Infographic Resource Addresses Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking of Minors By: The Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council (March 2014)

The Crimes Against Children Research Center (CCRC) has released – Trends in Unwanted Online Experiences and Sexting -Final Report (March 2014)

HISPANIC TEENS AND PARENTS 2012 By The Partnership at DRUGFREE.ORG (Released March 2014)

Juvenile Arrests 2011 – Bulletin December 2013
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Bulletin Summarizes Juvenile Arrests

Gun Violence: Prediction, Prevention & Policy report 2013

New Brief: Homelessness Among U.S. Youth – American Institutes for Research
The National Center on Family Homelessness

September 2013

2013 Bills of Interest Signed by the Governor:


  • Affecting Reentry/Employment:
    • AB 218 (Dickinson): Starting on July 1, 2014, bars state and local government agencies from asking job applicants about criminal convictions until the agency determines that the applicant meets minimum qualifications for the job.
    • AB 651 (Bradford): Allows people with low-level felony convictions who are sentenced under the new Realignment laws to petition for expungement after completing their sentences and remaining crime free for up to two years.
    • AB 530 (Wright): Adds protections for people who are discriminated against despite having an expungement; gives courts discretion to grant a certificate of rehabilitation before “the minimum period of rehabilitation has expired.”
  • Affecting Jail Inmates:
    • AB 720 (Skinner): Allows Medi-Cal to be suspended, not terminated, for individuals in jails; authorizes health insurance enrollment in jails.
    • AB 624 (Mitchell): Authorizes sheriff/jail administrator to award a prisoner program credit reductions (of 1-6 weeks) for successful completion of specific program performance objectives for rehabilitative programming.
    • AB 752 (Jones-Sawyer): Authorizes work furlough for persons sentenced to jail for a felony.
    • AB 884 (Bonilla): Allows a county parole board to release a prisoner on parole for a term not to exceed 3 years (previous limit was 2 years).
  • Affecting Prison Inmates:
    • SB 260 (Hancock): Enables prisoners serving sentences for a crime committed as a minor to have their sentence reviewed after serving ten years (does not apply to sentences of life imprisonment w/out parole).
    • AB 1019 (Ammiano): CDCR Educational Standards
    • AB 494 (Perez): Literacy program standards within CDCR
    • AB 625 (Quirk): Allows notaries to accept CDCR ID cards, if the inmate is in custody in prison.
  • Affecting Sentencing:
    • AB 721 (Bradford): Defines transport of a controlled substance as transport for sale.
    • SB 513 (Hancock): Authorizes an individual, who has successfully completed a drug diversion program, to ask a court to order the sealing of court and arrest records.
  • Affecting Populations under Supervision in the Community:
    • AB 986 (Bradford): Authorizes flash incarceration in city jails for the post-release community supervision (PRCS) population
  • Affecting Future Criminal Justice Legislation:
    • AB 1050 (Dickinson): Requires Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) to develop definitions of key terms, including “recidivism.”
    • SB 105 (Steinberg): The administration shall begin immediately… to assess the state prison system … and to develop recommendations on balanced solutions that are cost effective and protect public safety…. [N]ot later than January 10, 2015, the Department of Finance shall submit the administration’s final report to the Legislature. It is the intent of the Legislature to consider the reports along with the Legislature’s independent findings during the annual budget process.

Vetoed by Governor:

  • SB 649 (Leno): Would have given prosecutors the option to charge drug possession for personal use as either a misdemeanor or a felony. Veto message here, which references SB 105.
  • AB 994 (Lowenthal): Would have established misdemeaner