Regulations in corrections deal with significant life, liberty, security, safety, health, rehabilitation, and employment issues. These areas are subject to extensive public interest. California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) adult regulations help support safe and effective facility operations, and the treatment of adult inmates and parolees in accordance with basic constitutional standards. The Regulation and Policy Management Branch (RPMB) deals with regulations (Department Rules) related to Adult Institutions, Programs and Parole Regulations and is responsible to ensure that the rules proposed for implementation by the CDCR that have a general application to State adult inmate and parole operations and programs meet the Rulemaking Process requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA). This means that any proposed CDCR policy with regulatory impact must be adopted through a public process. The regulations themselves must be clear, consistent, necessary, have authority in law, and not duplicate or conflict with existing regulations or State statute. Additionally, proposed regulations must be the least financially burdensome alternative for private individuals and business. Working closely with the respective department programs, RPMB ensures that the rules of the Department are announced, adopted and published in the California Code of Regulations, Title 15, Division 3. NOTE: The "Rulemaking Process" link above points to a document that may no longer be available. The link is: https://cms.portal.ca.gov/oal/res/docs/pdf/HowToParticipate.pdf .
The public may access information about current CDCR regulations governing adult prison and parole operations or review pending or recently adopted regulations by clicking on one of the following links:
The RPMB is responsible for furnishing notices to the public regarding new regulations or changes to existing regulations proposed by the CDCR. Following public notice, RPMB receives all written comments submitted by the public on the proposed rule-making during the announced public comment period. RPMB staff also conducts a public hearing where members of the public may present comments about the proposed regulations. Such hearings are solely designed to receive comments from the public. The merits of the proposed regulations are not debated during these hearings. The place and time of a public hearing is included in the public notice for each regulation action. Comments received from the public during the comment period will be reviewed, summarized and responded to by the CDCR in its Final Statement of Reasons. Through these means, the CDCR invites the public to participate in its rule-making process and become familiar with new programs the CDCR is proposing.
The CDCR invites the public to submit comments regarding changes that are pending in our regulations during the announced public comment period. You can do this in several ways.
You may attend the Public Hearing at the time and place announced in the Notice of Change to Regulations.
To assist RPMB with tracking and responding to your comments, include with your comments the subject title of the proposed regulation change and the number of the Notice of Change to Regulations (NCR); for example, NCR #14-01. It is also important for commenters to direct their statements specifically to the regulations being proposed. Comments that are of the most use to the Department are those that address a specific concern about, suggest a change to, or express support for the specific regulations under consideration. You may suggest changes to the proposed regulation text itself that you believe address problems or help improve the rules. Unfortunately, the CDCR cannot effectively respond to public comments that are too general or are not directed at the specific rules being proposed.
RPMB is also responsible for CDCR operational policies found in the Department Operations Manual (DOM). These policies can be found by clicking on the following link: