BAKERSFIELD - We're hearing mixed reviews after a new bill, introduced by Assemblymember Rudy Salas, was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown.
AB 555 would provide benefits and services to veterans detained in a correctional facility or jail.
The bill was signed into law Tuesday evening and is Assemblymember Salas's first bill.
The brand new bill is already creating controversy. Some people feel if a veteran is detained, they shouldn't receive any extra services.
It will allow staff at jails across the state to release the Social Security numbers of detained veterans with their permission.
"Once we have a veteran's Social Security number released to us by either a jail or a correctional facility, we can assist that veteran to look up any benefits that they have earned as a result of their honorable military service," said Dick Taylor, Veterans Service Department.
However, some say that shouldn't be the case if the vet is detained for something they did.
"They did serve the country and they do deserve that, but financially to pay them benefits for their service, I think they've lost that," said Bakersfield resident Crystal Wallace.
"Veterans have put their lives on the line for us and I think it's only right for us to do everything that we can to help those veterans as well, and if that means we need to connect them to services, then let's go ahead and do that," said Salas.
Before the bill was approved, jails and correctional facilities weren't allowed to release Social Security numbers for inmates or people detained under California's existing law.
But, this bill changes that when it comes to veterans who served our country.
"There's a lot of resources at the federal and state level and that's all money that's out there that we want to access so veterans in our community can get those services that they need," said Salas.
Assemblymember Salas feels his bill will get veterans who are possibly in trouble back on the right track.
The bill goes into effect January 1st.