CA Gov Newsome signed AB-2147 (Convictions: expungement: incarcerated individual hand crews) on Friday, HERE…
There are some ‘interesting’ provisions for who can and can’t have expungement…
(a) (1) If a defendant successfully participated in the California Conservation Camp program as an incarcerated individual hand crew member, as determined by the Secretary of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, or successfully participated as a member of a county incarcerated individual hand crew, as determined by the appropriate county authority, and has been released from custody, the defendant is eligible for relief pursuant to this section, except that incarcerated individuals who have been convicted of any of the following crimes are automatically ineligible for relief pursuant to this section:
(C) Rape as defined in paragraph (2) or (6) of subdivision (a) of Section 261 or paragraph (1) or (4) of subdivision (a) of Section 262.
(D) Lewd acts on a child under 14 years of age, as defined in Section 288.
(E) Any felony punishable by death or imprisonment in the state prison for life.
(F) Any sex offense requiring registration pursuant to Section 290.
(G) Escape from a secure perimeter within the previous 10 years.
Note that drug dealers, manufacturers, domestic violence, etc. ARE allowed to request expungement…
And there is this interesting little sentence hidden further down in the bill…
(2) The order shall state, and the defendant shall be informed, that the order does not relieve the defendant of the obligation to disclose the conviction in response to any direct question contained in any questionnaire or application for licensure by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, a peace officer, public office, or for contracting with the California State Lottery Commission.
Now where I (and PP, and others who know about EMS) have a problem is, what is carried on ALS units? Drugs!!! So a felon drug dealer/domestic abuser who gets his conviction expunged can become a Fire/EMS person WITH access to the drug boxes and the hiring authority cannot ask what their conviction was… Ain’t THAT speshul!
Personally, I think this is a CYA move by Newsome, as, per PP, firefighters/EMS are wore slap out trying to fight the multitude of fires without the normal complement of CCC inmate volunteers.
Also, in Oregon, the state fire marshal is gone!
The Oregon State Police on Saturday announced Fire Marshal Jim Walker had been put on paid administrative leave. Then, later in the day, the state police announced its superintendent had accepted a resignation offer from Walker.
Apparently there was a ‘loss of confidence’… Full article, HERE
There is a definite ‘thinning of the herd’ among senior LEOs/Fire/EMS personnel in the Northwest…
Makes one wonder if there will be enough folks left to even manage the crap going on…