Published : Friday, April 26, 2019 | 5:04 AM
On Tuesday, SB 620, a post release services referral program bill authored by Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D–La Cañada Flintridge), passed the Senate Public Safety Committee.
The bill suggested and sponsored by the Pasadena Police Department would allow local law enforcement agencies to share access to limited information to those under supervised release and help connect them directly with nonprofit service providers.
“I am very glad that this bill was suggested to me by the Pasadena PD. Pasadena has had tremendous success lowering recidivism and working to connect releases with services and this bill will further enhance those efforts. Our local numbers don’t lie as Pasadena has a substantially lower recidivism rate than Los Angeles County and the State,” said Senator Portantino.
SB 620 would allow individuals to opt in and have their contact information released to non-profit providers. It helps eliminate the gaps that currently exist between previously incarcerated community members and service providers that assist in breaking the cycle of recidivism through case management, systems navigation, financial literacy, apprentice preparation, mental health and substance abuse programming.
Before the Committee, Pasadena Police Chief John E. Perez said that “deeper access to non-profits committed to servicing persons most in need can help transform lives by developing living wage careers and breaking the barriers to successful untreated trauma and effective substance abuse treatment.”
“The Pasadena Police Department stands by Senator Portantino efforts in uplifting people affected by violence and incarceration, by helping to reduce recidivism and healing communities as a whole. The relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve must be grounded in trust in order to ensure safety and protections to all and the Senator’s efforts allow the further building of these relationships,” Perez told the Senators.
In addition, the Pasadena Police Department’s support, the bill is supported by the Riverside Sheriff Department and by the California Police Chiefs Association.