CDCR developed PRCS training resources for County Probation staff to foster a better understanding of the Pre-Release process.
The California Identification Card Program
The CAL-ID Program provides a valid California Identification card to eligible offenders upon their release from prison in accordance with California Penal Code Section 3007.05. The purpose of the CAL-ID Program is to streamline access to support services such as medical, housing, and right-to-work documents. Please click on the hyperlink below to access the CAL-ID fact sheet.
Medi-Cal, SSI and VA Benefits
The Transitional Case Management Program (TCMP) provides pre-release benefit assistance to all eligible inmates releasing to parole or PRCS approximately 90-120 days prior to release from prison. TCMP benefit workers provide Medi-Cal, Social Security Administration, and Veterans Administration benefit application assistance.
Inmates receive an exit interview approximately 10-days prior to release and are provided:
- Copies of the benefit applications submitted on their behalf;
- Current benefit application status; and
- External benefit reporting addresses and instructions when necessary.
Receipt of benefit assistance program services is voluntary.
Direct Releases from Court (Court Walk-Overs)
Pursuant to PC 1170(a)(3), in any case where the amount of pre-imprisonment credit is equal to or exceeds the sentence imposed, the entire sentence is deemed served, and the defendant is not delivered to the custody of CDCR.
The court will note in the Abstract of Judgment that pre-confinement credits equal or exceed time imposed and the individual will be ordered to report to the local parole or probation office.
- The AOJ is sent to DAPO Case Records who shall review the sentencing documents to determine the amount of credits, to calculate the Controlling Discharge Date, and to determine if the parole term must be reduced accordingly.
- DAPO staff shall screen the offender for proper jurisdiction and supervise the offender in the same manner as an inmate released from a CDCR facility.
- DAPO shall continue supervising the offender until the proper jurisdiction is determined, based on certified documents from the sentencing court.
- DAPO shall ensure the RPS and certified sentencing court documents are delivered to the proper supervising county via SAFE
Statutory changes to PC sections 3000.08 and 3451 resulting from the passage of Senate Bill (SB) 76 on June 27, 2013, require any person released from the CDCR to DAPO are to remain on parole after having served 60 days on parole, regardless of a subsequent determination that the person should have been released to PRCS.
Likewise, the bill requires a person released to PRCS to remain on PRCS after having served 60 days on PRCS, regardless of a subsequent determination that the person should have been released to parole.
The current supervising authority (DAPO or PRCS) must notify the proposed supervising authority (DAPO or PRCS) of any change in determination within 60 days of release from CDCR. DAPO or PRCS has up to 60 days to contest the proper supervision and must work together to determine the proper supervision for the offender. The offender must be notified of any change in supervising authority.
If you have any questions regarding Direct Releases from Court or the Senate Bill 76 provisions, please contact the DAPO Policy and Procedure Unit, via electronic mail, at ParolePolicyandProcedureUnit@cdcr.ca.gov
Transportation for Special Needs Offenders Being Released to PRCS
Currently, there is no statutory requirement regarding the transportation of offenders from the releasing institution to the designate County Probation office. However, in acknowledgement that some offenders may have special needs, CDCR and CPOC developed an agreement with specific procedures which are excerpted:
- Offenders being released to a hospital for medical placement – CDCR will deliver.
- Offenders being released to a hospital for mental health placement (5150) – CDCR will deliver and Probation staff will meet them to assist. It is critical for probation to meet them there because upon release CDCR no longer has jurisdiction.
- EOP who cannot take public transportation due to their mental health status – CDCR will transfer to the closest institution to the county and Probation will pick up.
- Inmates in SHU will be transferred to an institution closest to the county prior to release when bed space is available. County may choose to pick up or offender will be released from that facility.
- While statute does not require either Probation or CDCR to transport the offender, both parties agree it is in the best interest of public safety that these agreements be made in special cases.
You can request a copy of the Transportation of Special Needs PRCS CPOC & CDCR Agreement by contacting: Carina.Garcia@cdcr.ca.gov.
County staff should contact the Institutional PRCS Liaison located at the institution from which the offender will be released to arrange appropriate and reasonable transportation arrangements. Please click on the hyperlink to the Institution PRCS Liaison contacts.