2022 LEGISLATIVE YEAR
PILOT PROGRAM 24/7 VICTIM ADVOCATES
We need victim advocates to ensure survivors get the care and treatment they deserve. Proposed legislation would create a pilot program to have victim advocates available 24/7 in the District Attorney offices in Contra Costa, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Joaquin Counties.
TRAUMA INFORMED CARE TRAINING
It is crucial that victim advocates are trained in and capable of handling trauma. Proposed legislation would create a Trauma Informed Care Training Program, requiring the Department of Health to certify providers and approve curriculum to train victim advocates in trauma informed cases.
VICTIMS' RIGHTS AND DNA PRIVACY
Protections of survivors’ privacy and dignity is necessary to ensure trust in law enforcement. Proposed legislation would ensure protection for the privacy rights of victims, witnesses, and their family members and intimate partners, who provide DNA samples to law enforcement for the purpose of exclusion.
EQUAL AND ACCESSIBLE VICTIM ASSISTANCE
Proposed legislation would reform the existing victims compensation program to streamline the application process and remove barriers to accessing help, and create a pilot program to provide immediate cash assistance to victims of serious crime.
THEFT REDUCTION IN ONLINE MARKET PLACES
In order to combat the sale of stolen goods online, proposed legislation would require the collection and verification of identifying information and bank information for those who are large volume sellers of third-party goods online.
LICENSE SUSPENSION REFORM
Proposed legislation would end the practice of suspending someone’s license for failure to appear in court and will reduce the penalty for driving without a license to an infraction for the first two offenses.
Proposed legislation would require District Attorney offices to collect and report to the Attorney General data regarding all stages of criminal cases. The Attorney General will make the data publicly available.
2021 LEGISLATIVE YEAR
CURE THE CONFLICT
The Prosecutors Alliance is working to cure the conflict of interest that occurs when prosecutors accept political and financial support from law enforcement unions. Proposed legislation would require District Attorneys that accept money from law enforcement associations and police unions to recuse themselves in investigations and prosecutions of their members. Prosecutors must be independent from the police when investigating them for criminal conduct.
COMPENSATION FOR VICTIMS OF POLICE VIOLENCE
Unlike victims of other crime, victims of police brutality lack access to victims’ compensation funds to cover medical expenses, burial fees, therapy, and more. Proposed legislation would make available assistance from the Victims Compensation Program to the family members of those killed by police and to individuals seriously injured by police.