Action Alert: Stop Early Release Now!

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations (CDCR) is seeking to enact permanent regulations which would result in the early release of thousands of violent offenders and what CDCR characterizes as “nonviolent second strikers.”

In late April 2021, the Corrections Department implemented an “emergency plan” that more than doubled the early release credits felons are eligible for. Inmates convicted of violent crimes could have their conduct credit rate increased from 20% to 33%, and non-violent second strikers could see an increase from 50% to 66%. With this formula, an individual serving a 10-year sentence could be released after only having served three years and four months if the proposed regulations are permanently adopted.

It should also be noted that due to Prop 57 (2016), offenses characterized as “non-violent” can include human trafficking, child abduction, elder and dependent adult abuse, assault with a deadly weapon, and domestic violence.

Under this early release program, career criminals are only serving a fraction of their time in prison and are being let out without being properly rehabilitated, posing a risk to public safety.

In fact, one of the suspects in the recent deadly shooting in Sacramento had been released from prison early because of a combination of pre- and post-sentencing credits, having just served a fraction of his 10-year sentence.

We need your help to make sure that these emergency regulations don’t become permanent!

To join me in opposing the expansion of early release:

Email: RPMB@cdcr.ca.gov

or send a letter addressed to: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), Regulation and Policy Management Branch (RPMB), P.O. Box 942883, Sacramento, CA 94283-0001.

Written comments must be emailed or postmarked no later than THIS WEDNESDAY April 13, 2022.

All written comments must include the rule number: NCR 22-03, OAL Notice File No. Z2022-0215-10.

There will also be a teleconference hearing during which the public may make comments on April 14, 2022. The teleconference will be opened to the public beginning at 10:00 a.m. If a member of the public would like to participate by teleconference:

Call 1-877-411-9748 (TTY/TDD: Dial 711).
When prompted, enter participant code 6032676

My colleagues and I have also called on the Governor to end these overly generous early release credits.

Soft-on-crime policies aren’t working. We need to restore meaningful consequences for breaking the law. Californians deserve to live in safe communities.