Throughout the year LSA monitors legislation relevant to prisoners, visits the offices of legislators and attends legislative and administrative meetings often speaking informally and formally in favor of or in opposition to bills or regulatory changes which affect Term-to-Life prisoners. 

We often meet individually with legislative, CDCR and BPH staff on a variety of issues as well as attend parole hearings, Directors Stakeholder Advisory Group (DSAG) and Corrections Rehabilitation Oversight Board, (C-ROB) meetings; research position papers and reports and coordinate with like-minded agencies on projects.

We gather information and compile our own statistics on prison, parole and suitability issues, using those statistics boldly with the Board at the monthly Executive Board Meetings. In 5 years we've only missed one Executive Board Meeting, due to an urgent need to testify in the Capital that day.
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Legislation Information
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Senate Public Safety Committee Members

Chairman: Nancy Skinner
State Capitol, Room 2059
Sacramento, CA.   95814
Phone: (916) 651-4009
Fax: (916) 327-1997

Vice Chair:  Joel Anderson
State Capitol, Room 5052
Sacramento, CA.  95814
Phone: (916) 651-4038
Fax: (916) 651-4938

Steven Bradford
State Capitol, Room 4085
Sacramento, CA.  95814
Phone: (916) 651-4035
Fax: (916) 651-4935

Hannah-Beth Jackson
State Capitol, Room 2032
Sacramento, CA.  95814
Phone: (916) 651-4019

Holly Mitchell
State Capitol, Room 5080, Sacramento, CA.  95814
Phone: (916) 651-4030 
Fax: (916) 651-4930

Jeff Stone
State Capitol, Room 4062
Sacramento, CA.  95814
Phone: (916) 651-4028
Fax: (916) 651-4928

Scott Weiner
State Capitol, Room 4066
Sacramento, CA.  95814-4900
PHONE: (916) 651-4011
Assembly Public Safety Committee Members

Reginald B. Jones-Sawyer, Sr. (Chair)
Capitol Office, Room 2117
(All) P.O. Box 942849, 
Sacramento, CA 94249-0059 
(916) 319-2059

Tom Lackey (Vice Chair)
Capitol Office, Room 2174
Sacramento, CA 94249-0036
(916) 319-2036

Jordan Cunningham
Capitol Office, Room 4102
Sacramento, CA 94249-0035
(916) 319-2035

Lorena S. Gonzalez Fletcher
Capitol Office, Room 2114
Sacramento, CA 94249-0080
(916) 319-2080

Bill Quirk
Capitol Office, Room 2163
Sacramento, CA 94249-0020
(916) 319-2020

Blanca E. Rubio
Capitol Office, Room 5175
Sacramento, CA 94249-0048
(916) 319-2048

Miguel Santiago
Capitol Office, Room 6027
Sacramento, CA 94249-0053
(916) 319-2053

(Vanessa Nelson-Sloane with Husband David Sloane at the State Capital)
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(Posted 03-05-17)

​The following legislative proposals have been evaluated by Life Support Alliance for compliance with our mission and goals. Barring amendments and changes through the session our position on these bills is as follows:


AB 1065/Sawyer-Jones: Increases the ‘gate money’ given to paroling or released prisoner from $200 to $300, required to be paid within 40 days of a prisoner’s release. SUPPORT

AB 665/Cunningham: Would allow those convicted of crimes prior to January 1, 2015 and who were members of the military and may be suffering from post-traumatic stress to petition for recall of sentence under specified conditions. It would prohibit resentencing for a longer term than the original sentence. SUPPORT

SB 343/Bradford: States the legislative intent to allow a prisoner who is 70 years of age or older to petition for release, to allow a prisoner who is 70 years of age or older and has a serious medical condition to be moved to a facility that may provide better treatment, and to allow a prisoner who is 60 years of age or older and has a serious health condition to petition for release. SUPPORT

SB 215/Beall: Requires all state prisons or a county jails to provide inmates with reasonable access to outside victim advocates for emotional support services related to sexual abuse, domestic violence, and suicide prevention by allowing inmates to call the toll-free hotlines of organizations that provide mental health crisis support, including confidential and toll-free hotlines are free of cost to inmates. SUPPORT

SB 167/Skinner: Requires the Secretary of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to establish memoranda of understanding with the federal Social Security Administration that allows prisoners to apply for and receive a replacement social security card and to allow the administration to process SSI claims under the pre-release program. SUPPORT


AB 1459/Quirk-Silva: Makes the murder of a peace officer while engaged in the performance of their duties a first-degree offence and persons convicted of this crime subject to either the death penalty or LWOP.  OPPOSE

AB 2/Olbernolte: Adds assault on a peace officer to list of hate crimes.  OPPOSE

SB 652/Nielsen: This bill would additionally define as a “violent felony” the unlawful possession of a firearm by a person previously convicted of a felony enumerated as a violent felony. Introduced as a reaction to and in an effort to obfuscate Prop. 57. OPPOSE

SB 770/Glazer-Nielsen: This bill would amend the above initiative statutes by defining additional crimes as violent felonies for purpose of diluting the effects of Prop. 57.  OPPOSE