We want to update you on two crucial policy reform efforts, spearheaded by some our amazing partners in the community, for which we’ve signed on as wholehearted supporters. We encourage you to join as cosponsors as well.
AB 1756 (“Starting Over Strong” — Skinner, co-sponsored by All Of Us Or None and East Bay Community Law Center) would make the record-sealing process more accessible for one of California’s most vulnerable populations: low-income youth. By eliminating the fee — up to $150 — for people under age 26 seeking to seal their records, this proposal removes barriers that prevent motivated youth from improving their lives. Juvenile records can appear on background checks, leading to unfair denials of employment or housing. High fees can make it impossible for low-income youth to remedy their records and move forward from their mistakes, depriving them of a second chance at rebuilding their lives with stable employment and safe housing. AB 1756 would help restore this second chance.
SB 1029 (CalWORKs, CalFresh expansion — Hancock, co-sponsored by Western Center on Law and Poverty and County Welfare Directors Association) would make it easier for county probation departments and human service agencies to improve life prospects for the most vulnerable families they serve. California imposes a lifetime ban on CalWORKs and CalFresh aid for people with a prior drug-related felony conviction. For otherwise-eligible people currently subject to this ban, SB 1029 would allow them to access basic needs assistance, job training, and work support through these programs — as long as they have complied with their conditions of release, or completed their probation or parole. This would be a vital step toward helping reentering citizens get back on their feet — while reducing hunger, improving financial stability, and protecting child wellbeing among many struggling families.
If you or your organization wants to sign on to endorse these efforts, please reach out to our partners who are co-sponsoring these proposals:
AB 1756 —
- Jesse Stout, All Of Us Or None: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Rachel Johnson-Farias, East Bay Community Law Center: email@example.com
SB 1029 —
- Jessica Bartholomew, Western Center on Law and Poverty: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Libby Sanchez, County Welfare Directors Association: email@example.com
— The R&R Team