AB 292 (Authored by Stone): The Access to Programming Act reduces common barriers to in-prison programming such as; long waitlists, frequent transfers, and inflexible work schedules that conflict with program availability, while also ensuring that programming continues during lockdowns. This bill was passed by the CA Legislature in 2021 and will be implemented starting Jan 1, 2022.
AB 1509 (Authored by Lee) The Anti-Racism Sentencing Reform Act would have eliminated most gun enhancements and significantly reduced all other gun enhancements to 1/2/3 years and provided a pathway for immediate re-sentencing for those currently incarcerated with gun enhancements. AB 1509 did not pass in 2021, but will be brought back in the future (under a new bill number).
Proposition 17 was a ballot initiative on the 2020 California ballot that restored voting rights to every person who completed their prison term in California. Now, around 50,000 Californians who return home from prison and are working, paying taxes, and positively contributing to their communities can now vote on every level of government to shape systems that affect them and their families.
ACA 6 + AB 646 (Authored by McCarty), the Free the Vote Act. These measures needed to pass the Legislature in order for Prop 17 to be on the ballot to restore voting rights for people on parole. ACA 6 passed with a 2/3rds majority support in 2020.
AB 965 (Authored by Stone): Expanding Credit Earning for People Eligible for Youth Parole. This bill was passed by the CA Legislature in 2019 and will be implemented starting Jan 1, 2022.
AB 45 (Authored by Stone). This bill permanently eliminates medical and dental copayments for people inside of California’s jails and prisons. This bill passed in 2019.
SB 1437 (Authored by Skinner) This bill limits the use of the felony murder rule. It passed in 2018, and has been in effect since 2019.