Assembly Bill 2342 Update

We are opening this thread to discuss proposed legislation for the upcoming year. Every year there are bills that are introduced that would affect our profession in major ways and this year is no different. One of the bills that was introduced for the 2020 year is AB2342, which seeks to set up an early discharge system by granting credits to parolees for numerous reasons. AB2342 is very similar to AB1182, which was introduced in the legislature last year, as it has the same authors.
The current legislature has focused on criminal justice reforms and has focused on bills that have a rehabilitative narrative. During the last legislative session, the previous PAAC President refused to meet or work with the authors of 1182 and by doing so, we did not get any language or substantial changes in the bill itself. In addition, he also acted without keeping the CCPOA legislative branch informed of what he was doing. This bill in various forms would keep coming back and would eventually be passed without our input if we do not start working to carve out what we need. By refusing to meet with or speak to the author of the bill, we had no ability to voice our concerns from the start and put the chapter into a very bad place. While the bill eventually died due to a flaw that we discovered in the bill, it did not change the vision that they had when it was originally introduced.
In December of 2019, the current PAAC President, along with other PAAC Board Members started the discussions with the authors of the current bill. We saw the opportunity to craft language which could substantially lower our caseloads (40:1) and allow us focus on our core job of supervision and move away from simply checking off “spec” boxes on a roster. We also made several other demands about ongoing funding mechanisms, which would allow us to retain each and every job we have, by making it clear that we would not lose a single job as a result of this bill.
The bill in its current form has changed numerous times and all of the demands that we made in order to back the bill are obviously not contained within it yet. This year has also seen the current pandemic issues take the nation by storm, which in turn threw off the legislature’s timelines for passing bills and getting things done according to its own rules. The pandemic Has also made it difficult for our team to meet with the authors of the bill in order to craft better language.
Maribel Hinojosa formed a team consisting of John Bostick, Melinda Silva and myself.  We met and dissected the current language in the bill to remove what we viewed as unacceptable to public safety/our membership.  We then added language that would benefit DAPO monumentally. Monday, of this week our CCPOA Chief Lobbyists met with the several members of the legislature to voice concerns about the current bill and presented our version of the bill.  We are currently waiting to hear back from them regarding our proposal.  We are on top of this bill and will continue to fight for our membership. CCPOA is working in close proximity with us on getting the changes we need added to the bill. While some of the talks regarding changes to the bill’s language are ongoing and subject to change rapidly, we cannot post those everyday.  However, we will keep you updated on key points moving forward.  Let’s keep the open forum of ideas and thoughts moving forward by focusing on the bill itself and not our individual political ideologies.

Parole 1:1 Transfer Opportunity

CCPOA and the State have agreed on a finalized 1:1 transfer opportunity. This transfer will allow agents all throughout the state to select a desirable location and potentially be matched with another Parole Agent I or Parole Agent II Specialist.

The 1:1 form will be available on the CCPOA Members Only website starting April 2, 2018 through May 31, 2018. You may submit your 1:1 job exchange form during this time. CCPOA will attempt to match potential agents to their 1:1 request based on seniority. CPSRM and GPS positions may swap work locations based on the same job duties. Those in administrative positions may participate in the 1:1 swaps, based on management approval.

The State has limited our ability to notify all agents via the CDCR email server. Therefore, CCPOA/PAAC is requesting your assistance to inform your fellow agents the opportunity to participate in a 1:1 exchange.

Agents will have 35-days to submit a 1:1 exchange. We recommend you check the “CDCR Intranet” and search for “DAPO seniority scores.” You will find a quarterly seniority roster (latest one is dated 1/30/18). If you believe your seniority is incorrect, please notify a job steward immediately.

To obtain/submit a 1:1 form you will need a CCPOA Members Only login. If you do not have a username or have forgotten your password, please contact Mike in the CCPOA I.T. department at 1-800-221-7397, or send an email to membersonly@ccpoa.org to obtain access to the Members Only page. If you email your request, please include your complete first and last name, along with the last four digits of your social security number. We recommend that you call for assistance, as it will be the fastest way to get response.

Feel free to contact your CCPOA field representatives with any questions or concern that may arise.

Signed,

Josh Eustice, PAAC Vice President