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California State Assembly committee approves Yolo County drug treatment pilot program

Source: Woodland Daily Democrat

The California State Assembly Public Safety Committee passed a bill that would grant Yolo County the ability to build a secure drug treatment facility for people involved in the criminal justice system who also suffer from substance use disorders.

AB 1542, named “Hope Yolo,” was written by Assemblyman Kevin McCarty along with Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig and Yolo County Supervisor Gary Sandy. It was co-authored by State Sen. Bill Dodd and Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-Curry.

If signed into law, Hope Yolo would develop a pilot drug treatment program in Yolo County for those convicted of a “drug-motivated felony” that would otherwise place them in jail or prison. The program would last until at least Jan. 1, 2025. People convicted of misdemeanors, simple drug possession, sex offenses and strike offenses would not be eligible for the program, according to a statement from the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office.

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