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Committee on Revision of the Penal Code

-- Last revised 11/11/20 --

Meeting of the Committee on Revision of the Penal Code

Email Notification of Meeting Materials | PDF Version (may not be as current) | Prior Meeting Agendas

November 12-13, 2020
Video Conferencing

Due to the ongoing health emergency, and consistent with Executive Order N-25-20 and Executive Order N-29-20, this meeting will be conducted entirely by Zoom teleconference.

Members of the public who wish to observe the meeting and address the Commission will need to join the meeting electronically, either through the Internet or by telephone. Details on how to join the meeting are provided below.

  • Video: click HERE. Password: 380642
  • Telephone: dial: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 929 436 2866 or +1 301 715 8592. Webinar ID: 818 7106 1684
The meeting will be recorded and will be uploaded to the Committee’s YouTube page, after the meeting has concluded.

For further information about the meeting, or to request notification of any schedule changes, contact Debora Larrabee at 530-752-3620 or

November 12, 2020 -- 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

  1. Parole Release and Penal Code Section 1170(d)(1) Resentencings

      Memorandum 2020-15 (11/6/20)
           Download PDF file: Memo

      Panelist Materials
      First Supplement to Memorandum 2020-15 (11/10/20)
           Download PDF file: Memo

  2. Discussion Panel 1: Parole Release

    • Keith Wattley, Executive Director, UnCommon Law

    • Heidi Rummel, Director, Post-Conviction Justice Project, USC Gould School of Law

    • Jennifer Shaffer, Executive Officer, Board of Parole Hearings

  3. Discussion Panel 2: Resentencing Under Penal Code § 1170(d)(1)

    • Hillary Blout, Executive Director, For the People

    • Hon. J. Richard Couzens (Ret.), Superior Court, Placer County

  4. Discussion Panel 3: Perspectives on Life Sentences

    • Sam Lewis, Executive Director, Anti-Recidivism Coalition

    • Adnan Khan, Executive Director, Re:Store Justice

    • Shanae Polk, Director of Operations, 2nd Call

  5. General Public Comment

      The public may address the Committee. The Chair may set reasonable limits on the time allowed for each person or group to speak.

November 13, 2020 -- 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

  1. Keynote Address

      George Gascón, Los Angeles County District Attorney-elect

  2. Discussion Panel 4: Perspectives on the Penal Code

    • Anne Irwin, Director, Smart Justice California

    • Taina Vargas-Edmond, Executive Director, Initiate Justice

    • Jay Jordan, Executive Director, Californians for Safety and Justice

  3. New Business

    The Committee will consider matters presented earlier in the meeting.

  4. Ongoing Business

      Updates on Possible Committee Recommendations
      Memorandum 2020-16 (11/10/20)
           Download PDF file: Memo

  5. Administrative Matters

    Report of the Chair and Executive Director
    Oral Report. May include budget, personnel, contract, meeting schedule, attendance, or other current administrative matters.

    Meeting Schedule
    Memorandum 2020-17 (11/10/20)
         Download PDF file: Memo

    Draft Minutes of September and October Meetings
    Memorandum 2020-18 (10/29/20)
         Download PDF file: Memo