Post Release Community Supervision

Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS) is a form of supervision provided to an offender who has been released from a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) institution to the jurisdiction of a county agency, pursuant to the Post Release Community Supervision Act of 2011.

Penal Code (PC) Section 3451 states that all persons released from prison on or after October 1, 2011, after serving a prison term for a felony and, if eligible, upon release from prison shall be subject to supervision provided by a county agency.

Once released to PRCS, the offender is discharged from CDCR which no longer has jurisdiction of the offender.

Determining PRCS

PC 3451 provides that only the following offenders released from CDCR are supervised on parole:

  1. An offender serving a current term for a serious felony, as described in PC Section 1192.7(c).
  2. An offender serving a current term for a violent felony, as described in PC Section 667.5(c).
  3. An offender serving a current term of life.
  4. An offender classified as a High Risk Sex Offender.
  5. An offender determined to be a Mentally Disordered Offender.

To better assist you in identifying which offenders may meet the criteria for CDCR supervision and for more information on California Penal Codes, please click the following link: California Legislative Information

The offender’s current term is utilized by the Correctional Counselor to determine eligibility status for release to PRCS. The current term is defined as a court sentence the offender is serving and has not yet paroled. Correctional Counselors shall utilize the Minute Order and/or Abstract of Judgment to determine the offender’s current term

If an offender does not meet the criteria for parole supervision, he/she is released to the county for supervision under the Post Release Community Supervision Act.

Release Program Study

The Release Program Study (RPS) process (formerly referred to as the CDCR 611) involves Correctional Counselors, Case Records Services staff, Institutional PRCS Liaisons, Community Transition Program staff, the Chief of Mental Health at the releasing institution, the Accounting Office, and County Probation staff. Working together we can achieve a smooth transition for the offender from prison to probation.

The RPS became fully automated within the Strategic Offender Management System (SOMS) on October 30, 2017. The electronic RPS will expedite the pre-release process and provide easy-to-read, real-time information data to pertinent staff.

County staff shall complete Section V of the RPS, County Agency Reporting Instructions, by providing a phone number; reporting instructions as to when, where, and to whom the offender should report; and signing and dating the RPS. County staff will also need to complete the CDCR Form 1515-CS Notice and Conditions/Special Conditions of PRCS.

County staff shall electronically return the completed RPS and the CDCR Form 1515-CS Notice and Conditions/Special Conditions of PRCS to the institution no later than 60 days prior to the inmate’s scheduled release date.

Currently, the Secure Automated File Exchange (SAFE) process is used to transmit the RPS and Pre-Release Packet in lieu of the U.S. Mail services.

Time Frames for Referral to PRCS Discharge

PC 3451 requires CDCR to notify the counties of an offender’s parole date at least 30 days prior to release. However, CDCR has entered into an agreement with the counties that the Department will send Pre-Release Packets up to 120 days prior to release.

Imminent Releases

Counties will receive verbal notification and expedited processing of the RPS when the offender’s release date is 60 days or less.

County Notification for Changes in Release Dates or Transfers to Another Institution

Case Records Services provides updates to the RPS packet by sending the “Notification to County of Change in Status” form to the appropriate County Probation Office. The Correctional Case Records Analyst (CCRA) is required to review every release date change notice and complete a transfer audit prior to transfer. At these processing times, the CCRA ensures the status change form is provided to the county. In addition, when the CCRA completes the Intake, 60-day and 10-day audits, information that was provided to the County Probation Office is reviewed for accuracy and is updated using the designated status change form as necessary.

Case Records Services maintains the Post-Release Community Supervising Entity contact sheet, designated by county, as a directory for institutional staff to contact county staff regarding Pre-Release Packets and other concerns. The County Contact Sheet has the Primary and Secondary designated point-of-contact phone numbers and email addresses.

It is incumbent upon county staff to inform Case Records Services of changes in the Primary and Secondary PRCS liaisons by sending an email to the Case Records Administrator: H. Bernadette Jones, Hazell.Jones@cdcr.ca.gov.