The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) has begun accepting public comments on the Proposition 57 regulations, a bill recently approved by voters to—as proposed—enhance public safety, stop the revolving door of crime by emphasizing rehabilitation and prevent federal courts from indiscriminately releasing inmates.
“The public plays an extremely important role in this rule-making process, and, by commenting on the proposed regulations, we can ensure the department is taking the right approach to the reform the way we incarcerate inmates in California,” said Secretary Scott Kerman of the CDCR. “All of the changes are intended to place accountability and responsibility on every individual in our system, which will reduce recidivism and victimization in our communities.” Proposition 57 regulations include an increase in credit-earning opportunities for inmate participation in in-prison programs and activities, as well as parole consideration for non-violent offenders once they have served the full-term of their primary offense. Members of the public may submit their comments in a variety of ways. To be considered by the department, comments can be submitted via the following methods: –By mail to the CDCR, regulation and policy management branch, P.O. Box 942883, Sacramento, CA 94283-0001. By FAX at (916)324-6075; or –By e-mail to CDCR-Prop57-Comment@cdcr.ca.gov. People can also submit their oral comment at a public meeting on the regulations scheduled to take place on Friday, Sept. 1, between 9 a.m. and noon at the Department of Water Resources, resources building auditorium, located at 1416 Ninth Street in Sacramento. The public comment period ends on Sept. 1 at 5 p.m.