Blameless and Forever Free Ministries is constantly working to expand our response to COVID-19 (coronavirus) and its effects on our community.
To our incarcerated, your families, and our courageous returning citizens gaining the freedom you have longed for, coming back into society at such a time as this is anything but challenging. This historical pandemic has left us all following the hammer and dance approach with the many unknowns, but there is hope.
Since Blameless believes that we're better together, we're relentless in our prayers and committment in working behind the scenes to build and fundraise getting our program center up and running so when the COVID-19 restrictions lift, we will be better able to equip you with many tools to succeed.
In the meantime, Blameless is establishing workforce development and job lead lists along with other resources to aid you in the road of success with the many demands you have placed on your life. We also have dedicated Fridays to #Fridays4Jobs for weekly updated job leads.
Your chair awaits you! Until then...
Governor Newsom Signs Criminal Justice Bills Into California Law
For People With Felony Convictions & CDCR Inmates
AB 942 – CalFresh Meals Program. This bill extends the ability to use food stamps for hot meals at supermarkets.
SB 136 - Ending Ineffective 1-Year Sentencing Enhancements. This bill eliminates the 1-year mandatory sentencing enhancement for priors except for “sexually violent offense” priors.
SB 310 – Jury Service. This bill restores the right of jury service to people with felony convictions, excluding people currently on parole or on the sex offenders’ registry.
AB 32 – Ban California Private Prison Contracts. Prohibits new or renewal contracts between CDCR and private prison companies, including ICE detention centers. As many current contracts are on 1-year “bridge” contracts, the bill effectively ends private prisons and ICE detention prisons in California after 2020. People currently incarcerated in ICE detention prisons will probably be transferred to county jails with ICE contracts, until those contracts are also banned.
AB 45 – Prison Co-Pays. Ends the co-pays people incarcerated in prison must pay to access medical treatment. Currently, people incarcerated in CDCR prisons must pay a $5 co-pay to access medical treatment.
AB 484 – Eliminate Mandatory Confinement during Probation. This bill would, for certain drug convictions, give judges granting probation the discretion to impose the current 180-day confinement condition mandatory with current convictions.
AB 1076 – Automatic Relief. Will automatically seal arrest/conviction records for certain low-level offenses after a diversion program.
SB 394 – Diversion for Primary Caregivers of Minor Children. Creates a pretrial diversion program for defendants who are primary caregivers of a child under 18 years of age, as specified, and who are charged with a misdemeanor or a non-serious, non-violent felony.