Proposition 57 Draft Regulations Would Exclude Thousands From the Promise of Rehabilitation

Last November, nearly two-thirds of California voters said yes to Proposition 57, a ballot measure which supported increasing parole eligibility and good behavior opportunities for people convicted of nonviolent crimes and allowing judges, not prosecutors, to decide whether to direct file youth to adult court. Despite this support for a justice system that is centered on rehabilitation and opportunity, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) has released draft regulations for how to administer Proposition 57’s changes – regulations which unfortunately do not reflect the intent of many voters.

Under the CDCR’s proposed regulations, credits awarded for completing self-help and rehabilitative programs would not be awarded retroactively, and those convicted to life under California’s Three Strikes Law, as well as those convicted to life without parole while under 18, would not be eligible for early parole. These regulations would deny the opportunity of rehabilitation and early release to thousands of incarcerated Californians, many of whom have already served enough time in prison and who have worked hard to get the tools they need to be successful when released.

The people of California passed Proposition 57 with the intent of providing hope and a path forward. Let’s ensure that this promise is extended to as many people as possible.

The CDCR is accepting public comments on these regulations until September 1st, 2017.

If you would like to provide comments for the proposed Proposition 57 regulations, visit http://www.secondchancesca.org

For those in the Sacramento area, a public hearing will be held on September 1st, 2017 from 9AM-12PM at the Department of Water Resources Building Auditorium, 1416 Ninth Street, Sacramento, CA 95814, where you can voice your comments in person.