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Name: People v. Jeffery
Case #: B187352
Court: CA Court of Appeal
District 2 DCA
Division: 6
Opinion Date: 08/22/2006

Appellant pleaded no contest to several drug offenses and the trial court agreed to sentence her to a prison term of five years, and refer her for a psychological evaluation pursuant to Welfare and Institutions Code section 3051, to determine her eligibility for commitment to the California Rehabilitation Center (CRC). The trial judge made no promises on the CRC commitment. The examining doctor who interviewed appellant opined that she was addicted to narcotics and would benefit from a residential treatment program. The trial judge refused to send appellant to CRC for unstated reasons. On appeal, appellant argued that the trial court abused its discretion by not committing her to CRC. The appellate court reversed, finding that the trial court erred by not stating with specificity its reasons for not committing appellant to CRC, and remanded so that the trial court could do so.