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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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 02-21-17)

​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:

SB 75: adds to the number of crimes to those eligible for sentence enhancements classification of crimes eligible for sentencing enhancements. This bill flies in the face of Prop. 57, passed in November by a majority of Californians. It would further the present practice of using enhancements to generate longer prison sentences, thus contributing to the overcrowding problem.

SB 69: Would make removal of GPS device a new crime, punishable by a new or re-instated sentence, not a parole violation. New sentences and new crimes increase the prison population.

AB 27: Would create another violent felony, flies in the face of Props 36 and 47

AB 67: Same as above

AB 335: add crimes to those included on Form 1707 for victims.

AB 154: Would make mental health treatment part of the sentence if the defendant was deemed mentally ill or incompetent. This could include residential care after/in place of incarceration.

AB 43: Would levy a tax on the total contract amount for those doing business with CDCR; monies collected would be placed in a newly created State Incarceration Prevention Fund, to prevent initial and recidivist crimes.

SB 143: Applies the standards of Prop. 36 and 47 to those who were mentally ill when their crimes were committed.

SB 142: Requires consideration of mental illness in criminal case processing.

SB 54: Limits law enforcement data sharing for the purposes of tracking immigration.

SR 16: Immigration. This bill opposes any ban on individuals of the Muslim faith entering the United States.

AB 620: Trauma therapy for inmates--support.

SB 343: Changes the aspects of medical/elderly parole--support.

AB 1065: Increases gate money to $300--support.

SB 215: Inmate access to crisis support services--support.

SB 336: Help for exonerated inmates--support.

AB 790: Inmate ID program—support.