Category Archives: Legislative News and Updates

Proposition 57 Emergency Regulations have been released

On Friday, March 24, CDCR filed Emergency Regulations with the Office of Administrative Law to codify changes in Credit Earning per Proposition 57. To review the proposed legislation, click HERE.

Concurrent to the regulations being released, CDCR sent an open letter to all inmates with information regarding these changes.  This letter is posted for inmates at their prisons. Click the link to read. LETTER TO INMATES – PROP 57 AND OTHER CHANGES

Additional information can be found on the CDCR website as well at: http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/proposition57/

As additional information is received, it will be posted to this website…

 

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

Proposition 57 – Pubic Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2016

Families and friends of anyone incarcerated in California should be aware of a very important ballot measure on the November, 2016, ballot.  This measure may impact your Loved One’s sentence.

From the Secretary of State’s website:

Allows parole consideration for persons convicted of nonviolent felonies upon completion of full prison term for primary offense, as defined. Authorizes Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to award sentence credits for rehabilitation, good behavior, or educational achievements. Requires Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to adopt regulations to implement new parole and sentence credit provisions and certify they enhance public safety. Provides juvenile court judges shall make determination, upon prosecutor motion, whether juveniles age 14 and older should be prosecuted and sentenced as adults. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Net state savings that could range from the tens of millions of dollars to the low hundreds of millions of dollars annually primarily due to a reduction in the prison population from additional paroles granted and credits earned. Net county costs that could range from the millions to tens of millions of dollars annually, declining to a few million dollars after initial implementation of the measure.