On 9/15/2017, SIFC met with CDCR for the VPASS workgroup. The purpose of the VPASS Workgroup is to work cooperatively with CDCR and family councils to improve VPASS and visitor processing procedures throughout the state at all institutions. Click HERE to read the meeting notes.
Please find the final minutes from the Statewide IFC meeting held in Sacramento on 8/18/2017. Statewide IFC August 2018 meeting notes
UPDATED!!! Sample letters were updated to correct some errors. Please download samples again!
The Public Comment period for Prop 57 changes is over on September 1st, 2017 at 5:00pm. Your help is needed to make sure CDCR knows how important it is to make changes to the Prop 57 regulations!
SIFC has tried to make it easy for you to provide feedback. Attached are the names and addresses of your Senators and Assembly Members, sample letters to each, and a sample letter to the Office of Administrative Law who receives all the public comment.
It is vitally important that you are heard! Your Loved Ones are depending on you. Please send in your comments today!
On 8/18, CDCR rescinded the order suspending Amazon as an authorized bookseller for inmates. Please see the memo HERE
Prop 57 was released for public comment on July 14th. All public comment is due by 5pm on September 1. Your help is needed to make changes to the proposed law. HERE is a sample letter that you can use or modify. Be sure to get your letters in early. Letters can be sent to:
Timothy M. Lockwood, Associate Director
CDCR Regulation and Policy Management Branch
P.O. Box 942883 Sacramento, CA 94283-0001
By fax: (916) 324-6075
By email: CDCR-Prop57-Comments@cdcr.ca.gov
From the Three Strikes Project at Stanford University:
The proposed regulations for implementing Prop 57 were recently released for public comment and we think they are problematic in three ways. The regulations exclude nonviolent three strikers from early parole consideration, despite being some of the lowest risk inmates; the exclusion of the SB 260/261 population from early parole consideration; and the lack of retroactive application for the newly programming credits.
We’ve been told that there is some possibility that there is some movement on these issues, particularly the third striker issue, if there is a large response during public comment. We are working with a coalition to try and get as many letters and emails in as possible, and I’ve drafted a sample letter (which is attached), as well as a cover letter that explains the issue and process more thoroughly. Please feel free to personalize or add to the letter, but this is definitely a situation where quantity is more important than quality.
Thank you for your support and hard work!