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ACA 6 and AB 646, the “Free the Vote Act,” would restore voting rights to every person on parole in California. This will require passing an Assembly Constitutional Amendment (ACA 6) and an Assembly Bill (AB 646) to put voting rights on the 2020 ballot. Nearly 50,000 people on parole in California are working, paying taxes, and positively contributing to their communities, yet they are unable to vote at any level of government. This system operates as “taxation without representation,” which is antithetical to the founding of this country.

Assembly Bill 45 would eliminate medical and dental copayments for people inside of California prisons and jails. Currently, people in California prisons are charged a $5 copayment when they initiate medical or dental services. The average wage for people in prisons is $0.08 an hour meaning that medical and dental visits can cost more than one week’s pay. Jails are authorized to charge up to $3 per copayment, but no wages are earned while incarcerated in jails. The high cost of healthcare in prisons and jails discourages many people from seeking care until it is an emergency. This barrier to healthcare jeopardizes not just the health of the imprisoned, but also the health of prison staff and the public, as sick people who avoid doctors are more likely to suffer from more severe illness and increased infection rates.

AB 965 allows people to earn credits from their Youth Offender Parole Date, if that date is sooner than their original parole eligibility date. Under Proposition 57, credit-earning opportunities were created for people positively participating in educational and vocational programs, participating in leisure time activity groups, and for Good Time. These credit earning opportunities have allowed many people the opportunity to advance their release date, but these credits were not applied to the earliest possible parole hearing dates for people eligible for Youth Offender Parole. Now these people have the opportunity to move their parole dates forward based on participation in programming and achievements made inside.

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