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ByPhillip Kim

CA Gov. Brown Signs AB 1352, Key Drug Reform Bill Into Law but Vetoes AB 1351

10/08/2015, CA Governor Brown signed A.B. 1352, which allows those who have completed court ordered drug diversion since 1997 to file with the court to convert their plea to a “not guilty.”

But, Brown vetoed A.B. 1351, which would have allowed people charged with simple possession or other related drug offenses to successfully complete a treatment program before pleading guilty – thus avoiding the disproportionate federal punishments, including deportation for immigrants. This patches a hole in the current system, enabling people to be participating and productive members of the community. For immigrants, that means a focus on rehabilitation, not deportation. ILRC