Report 2016-126 Recommendation 19 Responses

Report 2016-126: California Department of Social Services: Its Caregiver Background Check Bureau Lacks Criminal History Information It Needs to Protect Vulnerable Populations in Licensed Care Facilities (Release Date: March 2017)

Recommendation #19 To: Justice, Department of

To ensure that it has complete disposition information, Justice should coordinate with the Judicial Council at least once a year to share information about court reporting gaps and to determine the need to distribute additional information to courts about reporting requirements and the manner in which to report. In addition, Justice should reconvene its advisory committee and meet on a regular basis to discuss, at a minimum, improving the frequency and timeliness with which courts report dispositions to Justice and law enforcement agencies report arrest information to Justice.

1-Year Agency Response

Pursuant to California Penal Code section 13100.1, the Attorney General's Advisory Committee reconvened on September 26, 2017 with fifteen representatives representing the Judicial Council, various criminal justice associations, and state government agencies.

Following an overview of the criminal justice services provided by the DOJ, the committee spent time discussing the challenges of California criminal justice agencies who asked that the DOJ take a more active leadership role in developing standards-based solutions and well-defined exchanges. The DOJ agreed. The meeting concluded with a consensus to hold the meetings bi-annually. Future committee meetings will further identify concerns and solutions for better sharing of information. The next meeting is March 15, 2018, in which the DOJ will provide a status of current activities and upcoming enhancements to electronic disposition reporting.

  • Completion Date: September 2017
  • Response Date: March 2018

California State Auditor's Assessment of 1-Year Status: Partially Implemented

Justice has met initially with its Advisory Committee to discuss reporting gaps related to criminal history information. To fully address our recommendation, Justice must demonstrate that it is regularly sharing information about reporting gaps with the Judicial Council.

  • Auditee did not address all aspects of the recommendation

6-Month Agency Response

The Attorney General's Advisory Committee will reconvene on September 26, 2017 at 10 a.m. Committee participants include representatives from the California Police Chiefs Association, California Peace Officers Association, California State Sheriff's Association, Judicial Council of California, California District Attorneys Association, California Court Clerks' Association, Chief Probation Officers' Of California, Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation, California Highway Patrol, Senate Committee on Rules, Speaker of Assembly, Office of Emergency Services, and the Director of Finance. The agenda for the meeting is included with this response.

  • Estimated Completion Date: September 26, 2017
  • Response Date: September 2017

California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: Pending

60-Day Agency Response

Letters soliciting representatives from various criminal justice organizations, including the Judicial Council, to participate in the Attorney General's Advisory Committee were mailed, requesting responses back by the end of April 2017. This committee will focus on data standardization and the frequency and timeliness that criminal record information is reported to the DOJ. The DOJ anticipates the next committee meeting will be held in September 2017.

  • Estimated Completion Date: September 2017
  • Response Date: May 2017

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Pending

All Recommendations in 2016-126

Agency responses received are posted verbatim.