Criminal & Juvenile Justice


SB 284 - Juvenile justice: county support of wards
DRC Support - Request for Signature

This bill makes an important adjustment to the fee that counties must pay to the state when a person is committed to the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). Under the current structure, a county is responsible to pay a $24,000 flat fee.

SB 284 Position Letter (pdf)
SB 284 Position Letter (rtf)


SB 42 - The Getting Home Safe Act
DRC Support - Request for Signature

This bill would make important improvements to the discharge of incarcerated individuals and particularly avoid late-night discharges. As the findings in the bill state, persons who suffer from mental illness or substance addiction are far less likely to be able to access immediate treatment services following a late-night release from county jail.

SB 42 Position Letter (pdf)
SB 42 Position Letter (rtf)


AB 1170 - Peace officer training: intellectual and developmental disabilities
DRC Support

Increased behavioral health training reduces the negative interactions between police officers and people who have mental health, intellectual or developmental disabilities. DRC has long supported preparing law enforcement officers to recognize, de-escalate, and appropriately respond to persons with mental health, intellectual and developmental disabilities, or substance use disorders.

AB 1170 Position Letter (pdf)
AB 1170 Position Letter (rtf)


SB 164 - Infractions: community service
DRC Support

This bill would—when a person has been convicted of an infraction but has shown that payment of the total fine would pose a hardship, and the person has elected to perform community service in lieu of paying the total fine—permit the person to elect to perform that community service in either the county in which the infraction violation occurred, or in the county of the person’s residence.

SB 164 Position Letter (pdf)
SB 164 Position Letter (rtf)


SB 394 - Criminal procedure: diversion for primary caregivers of minor children
DRC Support - Request for Signature

Existing law allows individuals charged with a specified crime to qualify for a pretrial diversion program based upon various circumstances and qualifications, including mental health disorders, military service, or drug addiction and generally requires, if the defendant performs satisfactorily in one of these diversion programs, that the court dismiss the defendant's criminal charges and seal the record of arrest.

SB 394 Position Letter (pdf)
SB 394 Position Letter (rtf)