Statement: AB 1056 Signing

Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Bill Prioritizing Use of Prop. 47 Savings for Community-Based Programs Aimed at Reducing Recidivism

Passed Overwhelmingly by State Voters, Prop. 47 Helps California Address Drivers of Crime, Reduce Incarceration Rates

Oct. 2, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Gov. Jerry Brown today signed into law a bill that will ensure that the savings produced by Proposition 47 are used to fund mental health services, drug treatment programs, housing-related assistance, job skills training and other community-based programs that will help reduce recidivism in California and protect public safety.

AB 1056, authored by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) and Senate President pro Tempore Kevin De Leon (D-Los Angeles), provides guidance to the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) – the body responsible for distributing 65 percent of Proposition 47 savings – to prioritize evidence-based programs proven to reduce recidivism, including treatment, diversion and housing supports.

Passed overwhelmingly by voters last fall, Prop. 47 changed the penalty for six low-level, non-violent crimes from felonies to misdemeanors, helping to reduce overcrowding in the state prison system. The 2015-2016 state budget reduced corrections spending by $73 million because of Prop. 47, and the Legislative Analyst’s Office projects that the law will save the state hundreds of millions per year (savings that are to be reallocated into prevention and treatment).

The following can be attributed to Lenore Anderson, executive director of Californians for Safety and Justice:

“When voters passed Proposition 47 last year, they sent a clear message to our leaders that Californians want new safety priorities – and investments – to stop the cycle of crime. If we want to protect public safety, we must invest in approaches proven to reduce the likelihood of repeat crimes, including treatment, diversion and stable housing. By signing AB 1056, Gov. Brown is ensuring that Prop. 47’s cost-savings will leverage existing funding streams and go where voters intended: to community-based prevention programs.”

 

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