Tell the Governor: Sign "Alternatives to Incarceration" Bill!
AB 2167, co-sponsored by FCLCA, on governor's desk now!
AB 2167 would discourage the overuse of incarceration by requiring courts to first consider other alternative options in sentencing decisions.
FCLCA is co-sponsoring AB 2167 authored by Assemblymember Ash Kalra. It has passed the Legislature and is on the governor's desk. Please send a message to Gov. Newsom asking him to sign!
Based on a recommendation by the Committee on the Revision of the Penal Code, AB 2167 would require courts presiding over a criminal matter to consider alternatives to incarceration which include, but are not limited to, diversion programs, restorative justice, and probation. Furthermore, this bill states it is the intent of the Legislature that sentencing in a criminal case be the least restrictive means available.
AB 2167 also clarifies judges have full judicial discretion as to the final sentence and have the option to incarcerate when necessary to protect public safety.