September 2013

AB 535 Amends Amber Alert System Sep 24, 2013

Nancy O’Malley, Alameda County District Attorney, is pleased to announce that on September 23, 2013, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 535 which expands the circumstances under which the Emergency Alert System, known use AMBER Alert, can be activated. AB 535 was sponsored by the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office and the County of Alameda. It was authored by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward). Under the existing law, an AMBER Alert was activated by the CHP only when a child was taken by a non-custodial parent or stranger abduction. AB 535 NOW allows the AMBER Alert to be activated when law enforcement has credible information to believe anyone, including a parent or guardian who has full custody of a child, takes the child away with the intent to cause serious bodily injury or death to that child.

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D.A. Justice Academy Receives Statewide Award Sep 11, 2013

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley is pleased to announce that her Office’s Justice Academy is a recipient of the 2013 California State Association of Counties (CSAC) Merit Award in its Challenge Award Competition. CSAC’s annual statewide program honors innovation in county government. An independent panel of judges with expertise in county programs and challenges selected the award recipients.

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AB 307 Protecting Victims of Sexual Assault Sep 10, 2013

On September 9, 2013 Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 307, vital legislation that allows criminal courts to issue restraining orders protecting sexual assault victims from their assailants. This bill was authored by Assembly Speaker pro Tempore Nora Campos (D-San Jose) and co-sponsored by Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley and the California District Attorneys Association.

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