Monthly Archives: February 2017

2017-2018 Public Safety Budget Proposal and Prop 57 changes

On January 10th, the Governor released his budget proposal for the next fiscal year (2017-2018). As a part of that budget proposal, there is a Public Safety Summary which outlines the changes CDCR is making. Prop 57 was passed by the voters in November and the Summary outlines how CDCR is proposing to implement Prop 57.  PublicSafetyBudgetSummary2017

At a high level, the changes are as follows:

  • Parole Eligibility for Non-violent Offenders
  • Increase in Credit Earning Opportunities for Inmates
    • Increase and standardize Good Time Credits (percentage reduction)
    • Increase Milestone Credits from 6 to 12 weeks per year.  Allow Milestones for all Inmates except LWOP and Condemned
    • New, Enhanced Milestone Credits for significant accomplishments such as GED, Associate’s degree, Bachelor’s degree, Offender Mentor Certification, and Career Technical Education certification
    • New Achievement Credits up to 4 weeks for sustained participation in other rehabilitative programs and activities
    • Credits earned by Life term inmates will apply towards Minimum Eligible Parole Date (MEPD)
  • New Long-term Offender Program at RJ Donovan
  • Expand Pre-employment Transitions Program
  • Expand Offender Mentor Certification Program
  • Expand Programs and College Courses in the evening
  • Add More Transitional Housing for Long-term and Life Inmates
  • New California Leadership Academy for Youth Offenders