This bill repeals the authority of counties to charge defendants for 23 of the most harmful fees imposed in the criminal legal system including, administering probation and mandatory supervision, processing arrests and citations, and administering home detention programs, continuous electronic monitoring programs, work furlough programs, and work release programs. The bill also repeals the authority of the court to order the defendant to pay the costs of the public defender. The provisions of the bill take effect beginning July 1, 2021 and include an appropriation of $65,000,000 to counties to backfill revenues lost from the repeal of these fees.
Primary sponsor(s): Assembly Members Ting (Chair), Arambula, Bloom, Chiu, Cooper, Frazier, Cristina Garcia, Jones-Sawyer, Limón, McCarty, Medina, Mullin, Nazarian, O’Donnell, Ramos, Reyes, Luz Rivas, Blanca Rubio, Mark Stone, Weber, Wicks, and Wood
Bill number: AB-1869
Name of Bill (as introduced): Criminal fees