Parole Agents at a meeting

Alternative Custody Program (ACP)

Penal Code (PC) Section 1170.05, the Alternative Custody Program (ACP), was enacted by Senate Bill 1266 and became effective on January 1, 2011.

The ACP is a voluntary program developed for non-violent, non-serious and non-registerable sex offense inmates and allows eligible inmates committed to state prison to serve their sentences  in the community in lieu of confinement in state prison. Eligible participants may be housed in a private residence, a transitional care facility or a residential drug or other treatment program. The Program Guide references a transitional care facility or a residential drug or other treatment program as an “ACP program”.

Participants in the ACP must volunteer and agree to abide by specific requirements of participation, as defined in Article 6.8 of the California Code of Regulations.  ACP participants remain under the jurisdiction of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and will be supervised by the Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO) while in the community.

Under this program, one day of participation in an alternative custody program shall be in lieu of one day of incarceration in a state prison. Participants in the program shall receive any sentence reduction credits that they would have received had they served their sentence in a state prison.

Participants may be returned to an institution to serve the remainder of their term at any time with or without cause.