The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's (CDCR) Board of Parole Hearings has launched a web page that allows crime victims to request transcripts for Parole Suitability Hearings of inmates sentenced to life with the possibility of parole, in accordance with Proposition 9 – Marsy’s Law.
Proposition 9, the "Victim's Bill of Rights Act of 2008" (Marsy's Law), expands victims' rights in parole proceedings for prisoners sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole. The law applies to all hearings for the purpose of setting, postponing, or rescinding of life prisoner parole dates. Marsy's Law, Penal Code section 3041.5 (a) (4) permits the victim, next of kin, members of the victim's family, and two representatives designated by the victim to request and receive a stenographic record of all proceedings.
Within approximately 30 days upon completion of a prisoner's hearing before the Board, a transcript of the hearing will be available upon request. Transcripts may be requested by email at no cost by accessing the web page. Alternatively, a copy of the transcript will be mailed for a fee of $25.00. Previously victims were charged per page, which could be costly for transcripts running hundreds of pages, and an electronic version was not available.
If a transcript requested by e-mail is not available in the database – for example, transcripts of hearings that took place in the past and are archived – a fee of $25 will be charged for those as well. The requestor will be contacted if the Board does not have an electronic copy of the transcript and request the fee.
Any persons requesting a hearing transcript must be registered and meet the criteria of a victim as identified through the Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services.
After a grueling battle for the Speakership, freshman Assemblyman John Perez (D-Los Angeles) has been named the victor. Last week, after several closed-door meetings, key members of the Assembly Democratic Caucus rallied enough support for Perez to secure the position over his competitor, Assemblyman Kevin De Leon (D-Los Angeles). The Assembly is expected to vote on the leadership change in January.
Following Senator Abel Maldonado’s (R-Santa Maria) appointment by the Governor to the vacant Lieutenant Governor (LG) post, Maldonado announced that he will seek election to the post in 2010 – even if he is not confirmed by the Legislature. The Legislature has yet to move on the issue, but has until late February to either confirm or deny his appointment. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, is purportedly unhappy with Maldonado’s appointment and has called for the LG post to be left vacant until the 2010 General Election as a cost saving measure.
As you may know, Victims Rights Week for 2010 has been set for April 18 – 24th. In conjunction with this important week, CVUC is pleased to announce that the 2010 Victims March on the Capitol has been scheduled for Monday, April 19th.
In conjunction with Victims Rights Week in 2010, Crime Victims United of California (CVUC) is pleased to announce it will host its first annual policy conference dedicated to key public safety and corrections issues facing Californians. The conference will be held on Monday, April 19th immediately following the March on the Capitol. CVUC’s conference will focus on Proposition 9: Marsy’s Law and a panel discussion related to current correctional reform proposals including early release and summary parole.