You must contact the inmate or parolees Parole Agent for parole information. The Office of the Ombudsman can assist by providing basic parole and post release community supervision information; however, we do not have jurisdiction over parole issues.
You may visit the Department's Division of Adult Parole Operations website at:
If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact one of the headquarters offices listed below:
California Penal Code section 3003 states that a parolee must reside in the county they were living in prior to being sentenced to prison, unless CDCR grants them a transfer. Staff in the prison will assist an inmate in initiating a request to transfer his/her parole to another county; however, the inmate may be released before that transfer is granted. The parole agent will help the parolee with the transfer. You can also contact your son/daughter’s parole agent to request a transfer. Be prepared to provide the complete address, your contact information, and, if you are renting, a copy of your lease.
Penal Code 3003 and Department policy allow a parolee to reside in another county if:
Download the Department Operations Manual available online. Pursuant to the California Administrative Procedures Act, many Department rules are in Title 15 of the California Code of Regulations, which is available at: http://www.oal.ca.gov/
If you cannot find what you are looking for, you will need to submit a Public Records Act request. More information about how to submit a Public Records Act request is available at: /News/CPRA.html
DAPO’s first priority is public safety. Victims of and witnesses to a murder or voluntary manslaughter, mayhem, rape, sodomy by force, oral copulation, lewd acts on a child under 14, any felony punishable by death, stalking, and assault with a great bodily injury enhancement have the right to request:
The CDCR Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services can assist you with notifications about releases, restitution collection, and referrals to services to help you. It is important that you fill out and submit the CDCR Form 1707, which helps DAPO contact you and determine where to place the parolee. In the event you are contacted by the parolee, or feel that your safety is in jeopardy after the inmate is released, call 911 immediately. If you are not in jeopardy but have concerns regarding your safety or the offender, feel free to contact the nearest parole office or the CDCR Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services at 1-877-256-6877.
When the inmate was sentenced, the judge may have imposed a restraining order. You should check the expiration date of the restraining order, and may seek to renew it if it’s expired.
The parolee has a history of committing crimes while under the influence of alcohol. For example, the Robbery, which is his controlling case currently, the police/probation report noted that parolee had watery eyes, a strong odor of alcohol emitting from his person, had an unsteady gate etc. all signs of intoxication. Further parolee has admitted that he drank 2 six packs a day plus hard alcohol. The restrictions are an attempt to assist the parolee with sobriety which intern would prevent or lessen future criminality. Further he has a special condition to attend and complete a substance abuse program to also assist him in his transition into mainstream society. We are doing what we can to try and assist the parolee in earning an early discharge from Parole.
As far as church, it is not a blanket restriction, the parolee has an offense or offenses against children and the church they asked to attend has a Sunday School so that request was denied. The parolee can however attend services during the week at a facility with no Day Care or School attached and during the evening service where it is less likely he would have accidental contact with children. Also we would need a letter from the Pastor or head of that church stating they are aware of his crime and they are authorizing him to be on church grounds for services. Have a discussion with the parole agent to see if a compromise can be worked out. However it is important to remember that public safety is the number one concern. (Penal Code Section 3067)
Contact the parole agent. Your daughter may be receiving services from the Parole Outpatient Clinic (POC) which provides services including evaluation of mental illness, medication management, individual therapy, group therapy, crisis intervention, and case management. If your daughter is not receiving these services through parole, the parole agent can make a referral to POC for an initial evaluation. You can also seek assistance through county mental health in the area you live in. The parole agent and a trained mental health professional can work together to assist your daughter with the services she needs to effectively manage her mental health illness.
Your husband may be eligible for Post Release community Supervision (PRCS) and eligible for supervision by county probation. In order to confirm this, your husband needs to first, report to the parole office so that parole can make a determination on who will supervise your husband in the community. If your husband is determined to be eligible for PRCS, parole will instruct your husband to report to the probation department that will have jurisdiction.
You may send clothing to the prison for the inmate to wear once released. You may order this clothing through one of the quarterly package vendors or you may send in clothing. This clothing should arrive at the prison 30 days before the release date and be clearly marked as DRESS OUT CLOTHING on the outside of the box. The clothing that you send should include 1 full set of clothing: one pair of pants/shorts, one shirt, one set of underwear, one pair of socks, one pair of shoes/boots/flip-flops, a jacket, if necessary. Do not send articles such as wallets/IDs/credit cards/etc. Only send clothing! Check with the individual prison for the mailing address for dress out clothing.
Upon arrival at the prison, check with the guard at the gate for instructions. If there is no guard, proceed to the Visitor Processing Building and check in with the Correctional Officer to confirm the individual you are picking up is being released. Upon confirmation, they will give you additional instructions on where to wait and what time your inmate will be released. Plan for delays – you do not want to be late picking up your Loved One. Parolees who do not have someone there to pick them up are put in a prison van and taken to the nearest Greyhound bus station, or to the Amtrak train station. The cost of transportation is taken out of their $200 release money. If they don’t have $200 (because they’ve been in for less than 6 months), the prison make sure they have a bus ticket to the county that they were jailed.