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Defenders must address underlying causes of criminality

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IN THE NEWS

9/27/14: Governor Brown signed into law

AB 1276 (Bloom) - The new law will require the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to conduct committee-based, specialized review of each person under age 22 entering prison to consider placing them at a lower security level facility with increased access to educational and self-help programs.

It has the potential to dramatically change the lives of thousands of young people entering prison. Approximately 4,800 people under age 22 are admitted to California prisons each year. Under current practice many are routinely sent to the maximum security prison units, known as "Level IV yards," where young inmates are especially vulnerable to assault, rape and other violence and come in close contact with prison's most negative influences. These yards also offer fewer rehabilitative and educational services.

From a policy perspective, this law is a significant shift and will help the state move forward in recognizing that age 18 is not a bright dividing line, and young adults need special protection and opportunities. It will also help with the implementation of SB 260.

AB2124 – in short, this bill (beginning January 1st) will allow Los Angeles judges to offer formal diversion on most first time misdemeanor cases (and some misdemeanor cases where the most recent conviction was ten years prior).

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