‘Second Chance Program for Community Re-entry’ bill signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) –  Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Friday a bill aimed a reducing the rate of released inmates committing new crimes, authored by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins.

AB 1056, the Second Chance Program for Community Re-entry, uses savings generated by last year’s voter-approved Proposition 47 to provide housing support and re-entry services for former inmates. 

"Housing can be a barrier to successfully integrating formerly incarcerated individuals,” Atkins said. "AB 1056 seeks to reduce recidivism and enhance the safety of our communities by ensuring that these former inmates have a place they can call home as they assimilate back into their communities.”

Atkins said that the state will provide grant funding for collaborative, community-based proposals to assist ex-inmates with housing, behavioral health care, drug treatment and other services.

The bill gained support from groups like Housing California, the National Center for Youth Law, Californians for Safety and Justice, the California Police Chiefs Association, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children and the Drug Policy Alliance, according to Atkins.

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