Policies and Procedures/Legislative Subcommittee

It is the mission of the Policy & Procedures/Legislative Subcommittee to identify reentry challenges at the federal, state, and local levels and collaborate with stakeholders towards their resolution through policy and legislative advocacy.

The committee works closely with law enforcement partners such as the District Attorney’s Office, the Sheriff’s Department and the Probation Department along with community organizations to foster positive change for incarcerated individuals pre- and post-release. One of its key accomplishments is the implementation of a process in county jails that ensures availability of a California ID upon a person’s release from jail. This accomplishment was made possible through the close collaboration of the American Civil Liberties Union, the Department of Motor Vehicles and the Sheriff’s Department. Consequently, since 2014 individuals in county jails can apply for a CA ID while incarcerated and a very high share of applicants receives their ID upon release.

Furthermore, the Policy & Procedure/Legislative subcommittee has written White Papers on key policy issues that affect the reentry population and has advocated for meaningful and reasonable policy change. In 2020, the committee joined forces with the Los Angeles Reentry Roundtable Partnership to bring educational resources on policy advocacy to San Diego and to collaborate on introducing bills or supporting bills in the California Legislature. In 2021, the committee supported the implementation of SB 629 (California ID for prisoners), which was signed into law by Governor Newsom. The committee forms task forces on an ongoing basis that focus on specific issues, e.g., bringing virtual provider services to county jails.

Meeting Minutes
November 2022

October 2022

September 2022

The committee invites all those who are interested in policy change, advocacy, and practical solutions to join.

Meeting day/time:  The third Tuesday of the month at 11:30 a.m. via TEAMS.

If you would like to receive the meeting link, please reach out to:

Chair:  Jennifer Gomez, B.A
UC Irvine
policy@sdreentryroundtable.org

Resources

California Legislative Information (bill lookup and analysis): Bill Search (ca.gov)

California Legislation Letter Portal: California Legislature Position Letter Portal

Los Angeles Regional Reentry Partnership Policy & Legal Committee: Policy and Legal – LARRP (lareentry.org)