For more than two decades, the MFG rule has done nothing but push children deeper into poverty and oppress women by denying basic aid to a child born into a family receiving Cal WORKs assistance unless the pregnancy is the result of rape, incest or a failure in contraception.“It’s an emotional day as we consider that an estimated 130,000 children will soon receive assistance.County human services agencies and our community partners hope we can continue building upon the work we’ve done to successfully end homelessness for thousands of families.” An area that stands out as a disappointment for counties in this budget package: CWDA had asked for .7 million to fund services and supports for victims of child sex trafficking, but the budget includes million for this critical work.CWDA will continue to work with legislative leadership and the Administration to secure adequate funding for services to these victims.Research has confirmed and continues to show what toxic stress and poverty does to a child, including disrupting brain development, causing life-long mental and physical health problems and perpetuating the cycle of generational poverty.“Repealing MFG affirms what the Cal WORKs program is supposed to be about – lifting children out of poverty, giving them a chance at a decent life and providing parents a better chance to move from welfare to work,” said Kathy Harwell, CWDA Vice President and Stanislaus County Community Services Agency Director.In the first year of the program, more than 2,000 families with 4,600 children were placed into permanent housing across 20 counties.Now in its second year, more than 4,500 families that include 9,000 children in 44 counties are expected to be safely housed.
(b) For any other felony, the minimum period shall be fixed by the court and specified in the sentence and shall be not less than one year nor more than one-third of the maximum term imposed. Alternative definite sentence for class D and E felonies. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a defendant sentenced to life imprisonment without parole shall not be or become eligible for parole or conditional release.A defendant who was eighteen years of age or older at the time of the commission of the crime must be sentenced to life imprisonment without parole upon conviction for the crime of terrorism as defined in section 490.25 of this chapter, where the specified offense the defendant committed is a class A-I felony; the crime of criminal possession of a chemical weapon or biological weapon in the first degree as defined in section 490.45 of this chapter; or the crime of criminal use of a chemical weapon or biological weapon in the first degree as defined in section 490.55 of this chapter; provided, however, that nothing in this subdivision shall preclude or prevent a sentence of death when the defendant is also convicted of the crime of murder in the first degree as defined in section 125.27 of this chapter.A defendant who was seventeen years of age or younger at the time of the commission of the crime may be sentenced, in accordance with law, to the applicable indeterminate sentence with a maximum term of life imprisonment.Except as provided in subdivision five of section 60.05, the maximum term of such sentence must be in accordance with the provisions of subdivision three of this section and the minimum period of imprisonment under such sentence must be in accordance with subdivision four of this section.
* (b) Except as provided in paragraph (b-1) of this subdivision, subdivision six of section 60.05 and subdivision four of this section, the sentence imposed upon a person who stands convicted of a class D violent felony offense, other than the offense of criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree as defined in subdivision five, seven or eight of section 265.02 or criminal sale of a firearm in the third degree as defined in section 265.11, must be in accordance with the applicable provisions of this chapter relating to sentencing for class D felonies provided, however, that where a sentence of imprisonment is imposed which requires a commitment to the state department of corrections and community supervision, such sentence shall be a determinate sentence in accordance with paragraph (c) of subdivision three of this section.“California has made great strides in recognizing child sex trafficking victims should be treated with special care and dignity,” Mecca said.