Counties like Santa Clara, Los Angeles and San Francisco have had similar laws on their books for some time. Susan Fahey with the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department says the Trust Act creates a state-wide policy, while allowing local agencies to maintain stricter standards.
“We can only detain someone if they’ve been convicted of a violent felony seven years immediately prior to the detainer and are currently being held to answer on a current violent felony,” she says.
The Trust Act allows for undocumented arrestees who have violent records to be held for possible deportation. The law was introduced as a reaction to the federal “Secure Communities” program. Critics said mostly low level offenders were being deported under that program.
The California Sheriffs’ Association opposed the Trust Act, saying it could complicate cooperation between local and federal agencies.
More New Laws
Victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking in California no longer have to worry about being fired or discriminated against at their workplace under a new state law now in effect.
With all the new laws taking effect in California this year we wanted a quick and fun way to share the stories with our listeners. Explore the new legislation from teen drivers to immigration within this interactive graphic.
Children in California can now have more than two legal parents.
A sixteen-year-old California student was a driving force behind a new state law aimed at improving school for transgender students.
Craft breweries and liquor distillers in California could get shots of new business as a result of two new state laws taking effect in 2014 - and beer and liquor drinkers will likely be happy as well.