The Assembly Public Safety Committee Tuesday passed a bill to limit adult probation to a maximum of one year for misdemeanor offenses and two years for felony offenses. The legislation, AB 1950, authored by Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager (D-Los Angeles) passed by a 5-3 vote.

“If the evidence showed that longer probation periods were more effective at helping people succeed in their communities, we wouldn’t be having this conversation,” said Kamlager. “But research shows the opposite, that probation services, such as mental healthcare and addiction treatment, are most effective during the first 18 months of supervision. Research also indicates that providing increased supervision and services earlier reduces an individual’s likelihood to recidivate

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