Parolee Handbook Complete

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Preface

This guide aims to provide you and stakeholders with an understanding of, and practical tips for, successful engagement, navigating parole and accessing Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO) and community reintegration resources. This handbook is intended to provide basic knowledge of your rights, entitlements, and supportive services to address criminogenic needs as well as parole related concerns. The goal of this handbook is to educate stakeholders of parole processes and ensure all reentering the community from incarceration have access to rehabilitative and reentry programs to facilitate a whole person continuum of care through services provided by collaborative partnerships.

If you have any specific questions or concerns, please contact the California Department of Corrections (CDCR), DAPO, Division Headquarters, Officer of the Day (OD) at (916) 445-6200.

Frequently Requested Information and Services

Housing
Domestic Violence & Anger Management Program
Mental Health Treatment
Integrated Substance Use Disorder Treatment
Education
Employment
Links to Community Resources
Registration Requirements
Earning Discharge from Parole

Welcome to Parole

As a returning community member, you play a vital role in the success of your parole. Together, we believe in protecting the rights of the community members and contributing to the safety and success of our community.

The privilege of parole comes with a lot of responsibility.  This handbook will provide the resources and services in order to navigate parole and provide a foundation for success. In order to be successful, your parole agent, with the assistance of the Adult Program Unit (APU) and local community services, will help build mutual trust, break down barriers, and overcome stereotypes in order to ensure safety and protection for all.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Guiding Principles, Mission, and Values

“The goal of rehabilitation is to help former inmates stop being prisoners of their past and become architects of their future”

The community’s well-being and safety is our core focus and purpose. We support successful parolee reintegration utilizing science and technology while treating each individual with dignity and respect. Applying a procedural justice framework, we are advocates for parolees, victims, and their families to achieve positive, sustainable change, build mutual trust, and strengthen collaborative partnerships.

Prerelease Information (Beginning 210 – 180 Days Prior to Release)

The following will outline some of the processes that will occur prior to your release from prison:

Community Transition Program (CTP)

The goal of CTP is to provide soon-to-be paroled individuals with a bridge to local reentry assistance agencies and community-based programs that you will need once you are released on state parole.  A CTP Parole Service Associate (PSA) will come to see you between 210 and 180 days prior to your scheduled release date. The PSA will meet with you and conduct the following procedures. 

  • Risk and Needs Assessment
    • This short questionnaire will help the PSA to know what challenges you might face upon release.
  • Release Program Study (RPS) / CDCR Form 611
    • This is the document used to determine where you will be living and what parole office you will be assigned. 
      • It is determined by your last LEGAL residence. That is the address that can be verified by your police or probation report on file for your commitment case. If neither of those reports are clear regarding your last address, it will be determined by your county of commitment.
  • Transfer to Other Counties or Interstate
    • For transfer out of county in California, your request will have to be to live with a mother, father, brother, sister or wife/husband. 
    • For transfer out of state – the above applies as well as all of your restitution must be paid off prior to this request.
  • Conditions of Parole
    • Written rules that you must follow for a successful parole.
    • They will be provided to you just prior to release and you can discuss them with your parole agent upon checking in.
  • Reporting Instructions
    • This will let you know when and where to report to the parole office.
  • Residence / Program Placements
    • Substance abuse treatment (drug or alcohol) is the first process for this type of placement.
      • These programs are offered to those that have a substance abuse history.  If you are homeless and do not have a substance abuse issue, you are not eligible for an inpatient program.  You will have to speak with your parole agent upon release for local options.
    • They will assist with getting you to and from your appointments at the parole office.
    • They will help with documents that you will need for returning to the community.
    • They will also help you with looking for and obtaining a job once you are ready for that step.
    • It should be noted:  These programs are only provided for 6 months.
  • Transportation Options
    • Once you are placed in a Residential Program, the PSA will work on getting transportation provided from the prison to the program for you, at no charge to you.
    • You shall be picked up and transported to your county of supervision by a parole agent upon release. This will be coordinated within 45 days prior to your release date. Please ensure to review your reporting instructions from your assigned parole agent.
  • Pre-Release Video Conferencing (PRVC)
    • If you’re going to be released on Post-Release Community Supervision (PRCS) (Probation) your probation officer may want to meet with you prior to release and the PSA will set up the video conference so that you have the opportunity to ask questions you may have.
    • There also may be an occasion where your parole agent may want to meet with you prior to release.  The PSA will set up the video conference with your parole agent so you can meet them.
  • Static-99 Assessment
    • The Static-99 is a tool designed to estimate the probability of sexual and violent recidivism among adult males who have already been convicted of at least one sexual offense against a child or a non-consenting adult.
  • Transitional Case Management Program (TCMP)
    • TCMP social workers will meet with you within 6 months of release.  They will help you fill out the following documents and send them to the appropriate county agencies.  It will be your responsibility to follow up with the agency to get the provisions started.
      • Social Security
      • Medi-Cal
      • Medicare
      • Cal-Fresh
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
    • If it is hard for you to see, hear, talk, walk, move, breathe or learn, you may have a disability. 
    • If you have medical or mental issues, you may have a disability. 
    • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) says you cannot be discriminated based on a disability.  There are two types of disabilities: 
      • 1) Permanent Disability – A disability that will not likely get better in the next six months, and
      •  2) Temporary Disability – Something like a broken leg or a minor operation, which will heal in time.
    • While you are on parole, and are having a hard time with something that you have to do, ask for help by talking to your parole agent. 
      • If you need additional help, your parole agent will give you a form to request a reasonable accommodation. 
      • You can also use this form to complain if you are unhappy with the help you receive. 
      • Once the form is filled out, send it to the Appeals Coordinator at your Regional Headquarters. 
  • If you need help filling out the form, ask your parole agent.
    • If you are housed in county jail following the placement of a parole hold, you will be visited by a parole agent who will explain the charges you face. 
      • If you need a reasonable accommodation while you are in county jail, the parole agent can help you complete a form that will give you a chance to describe any disabilities that you have or ask for help to address your needs such as communication, housing, or medical concerns.  The parole agent will answer any questions you may have. 
      • You can use the county jail grievance process at any time you feel your needs are not being met. 

Initial Release (First 30 Days)

Following all of the directions provided upon your release from prison are important first steps in your journey towards successfully completing parole supervision including the following:

  •  On the first working day following any release, report to your assigned parole office, unless prior arrangements are approved in writing by the unit supervisor. However, if you meet the highest risk classifications, you will need to report no later than 48 hours after release, or the first working day following release, whichever is sooner.
  • If you have any difficulty following your reporting instructions, call the parole office collect immediately. If you cannot get a hold of your parole agent or the Officer of the Day (OD), contact the closest parole office you can find and ask them for help.  Remember, it is your responsibility to report.
  • It will be important that all of the instructions from your parole agent are followed. Approval from your parole agent is required in order to travel more than 50 miles from your residence.  It is not permitted to be absent from your county of residence for a period of more than 48 hours. Written approval from your parole agent is required prior to leaving the State of California.
  • Compliance with all state, federal, county, and municipal laws is required. Inform your parole agent as soon as possible if arrested for any felony or misdemeanor crime. Be advised, your conduct, if prohibited by law, may result in parole revocation with or without a criminal conviction.
  • Contact your parole agent within 24 hours of any type of law enforcement contact (e.g., traffic stop, identification check, suspect, witness, etc.). Additionally, inform the law enforcement officer that you are on parole.

Release Funds

Upon reporting to the parole office, talk to your parole agent regarding your release funds.

Conditions of Parole

You will receive a copy of your Conditions of Parole prior to release. It is important that you review and follow the conditions as outlined in your Conditions of Parole.

Post-Release

Initial Comprehensive Interview

You will meet with your parole agent to reaffirm your Conditions of Parole and Case Plan, conduct intake procedures, and determine your needs. Be prepared to provide your parole agent with information such as your address, phone number, email and emergency contact information.

Goals and Progress

Your parole agent will meet with you regularly to review your Case Plan, and your progress towards your goals. On the days that you meet with your parole agent, your parole agent will share and discuss information about your goals and progress. A parole agent supervisor along with your parole agent, will discuss your performance with you, and will make recommendations about what tasks you should focus on, and complete during your parole period.  

Resources and Services

DAPO offers several types of cost-free programs and resources that can help you with employment, education, housing or substance abuse.  Your parole agent will know if these programs and resources are available in your area and will be able to refer you to them if they are.

Examples of services include:

  • Supportive Services
    • Medi-Cal and Cal-Fresh
    • Child Support Services
    • Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
    • Social Security Administration (SSA)
    • Government Cellular Phones
    • Mobile Medical Van
    • Veterans Assistance
    • Homeless Shelters / Food Banks / Showers  
    • Dress to Success / Clothing
  • Mental Health
    • Behavioral Health Reintegration (BHR) (Formerly known as “POC”)
    • Telecare CORE Program
    • Health Care Services
    • Counseling
    • Co-occurring Disorder Treatment
    • Medicated Assisted Treatment (MAT)
    • Assisted Living / Housing
  • Treatment Programs
    • Licensed Residential Treatment
    • Sober Living Environment (SLE)
    • Non-Medical Detoxification
    • Transitional Housing Program (THP)
    • Substance Use Disorder Treatment (SUDT)
    • Long-Term Offender Reentry Recovery (LTORR) Program
  • Other Programs/Resources
    • Substance Abuse Education
    • Anger Management / Batterer’s Intervention Classes
    • Cognitive and Life Skills Training
    • Education / GED Preparation
    • Employment Development Services
    • Housing (if available)
    • Court-Ordered Programs
  • Parole Sponsored Programs:
    • Parole and Community Team (PACT)
    • Women Empowerment (WE) Support Groups
    • Females Achieving Change Together (FACT)
    • Lifer Peer Navigation Network (PRNN) Program
    • Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
    • Employment / Vocational Training
    • Education / Job Resource / Fairs
    • Caltrans / Construction / Prison to Employment (P2E)
    • Direct and Emergency Placements

Obtaining Services

This part of the handbook will tell you about some of the resources and places you can contact to apply for these types of benefits/services. If you have trouble finding the benefits you need, you can ask your parole agent or the APU to help you.   

In order to obtain services or resources, you may need a Driver’s License, Identification Card and/or a Social Security Card.  Your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and Social Security Administration (SSA) can assist with this process:

Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)

How to apply for a Driver’s License or Identification Cards

  • Complete a Driver’s License (DL) or Identification (ID) Card Application
  • Visit a DMV office, where you will provide:
    • Social security number (SSN)
    • Proof of identity. Your current name needs to match the name on the identity document
    • Proof of residence (if you have never had a California DL/ID card)
    • Application fee (see below for information about reduced- and no-fee ID cards)
    • Have your thumbprint scanned
    • Have your photo taken
    • REAL ID, you must also provide proof of your identity, SSN, and two proofs of residency

The DMV offers online services that allow you to renew your DL or ID Card without having to visit a DMV office. 

Visit www.dmv.ca.gov for a list of online services and office locations or call the 1-800-777-0133 for customer service assistance.

For Hearing Impaired assistance:  TTY:  1-800-368-4327

Reduced Fee ID Cards

  • Reduced-Fee ID card:  You may be eligible if you meet income requirements.
  • No-Fee ID card:  You may be eligible for a no-fee ID card if you are “homeless.”
  • Senior ID card:  You may be eligible for a no-fee senior citizen ID card if you are at least 62 years old.

Social Security Administration (SSA)

Why Do You Need a Social Security Number?

A Social Security Number (SSN) is important because you need it to get a job, collect Social Security benefits and get some other government services.

How to Apply for a SSN or Replacement Card

You will need to provide original documents for verification:

  • Citizenship
    • SSA can accept only certain documents as proof of U.S. citizenship
  • Age
    • You must present your birth certificate. If one exists, you must submit it. If a birth certificate does not exist, we may be able to accept your:
      • Religious record made before the age of five showing your date of birth
      • U.S. hospital record of your birth
      • U.S. passport
    • Anyone age 12 or older requesting an original SSN must appear in person for an interview. We will ask for evidence to show you do not have a SSN
  • Identity
    • SSA can accept only certain documents as proof of identity. An acceptable document must be current (not expired) and show your name, identifying information (date of birth or age) and preferably a recent photograph. For example, as proof of identity, SSA must see your:
      • U.S. driver’s license
      • State-issued non-driver ID card
      • U.S. passport

If you do not have one of these specific documents or you cannot get a replacement for one of them within 10 days, SSA will ask to see other documents. Any documents submitted, including the following, must be current (not expired) and show your name, identifying information (date of birth or age) and preferably a recent photograph:

  • Employee ID card.
  • School ID card.
  • Health insurance card (not a Medicare card).
  • U.S. military ID card

SSA recommends that you keep your Social Security card in a safe place with your other important papers and avoid giving it out unnecessarily. 

For assistance in obtaining a SSN or replacement card, visit www.ssa.gov/ssnumber/ or contact 1-800-772-1213 for customer service assistance.  Hearing Impaired TTY: 800-325-0778

Government Cellular Phones

Assurance Wireless is a Lifeline Assistance federally-funded program.  Assurance Wireless provides eligible, low-income customers a free Android cell phone with the most generous cell phone plan under “Assurance Wireless Unlimited.”  It combines a Lifeline service with the temporary Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) to give eligible customers unlimited data, texts, minutes and 10 gigabytes of hotspot data.

You may qualify for a California Lifeline or EBB if you participate in any of these government programs:

  • Food Stamps / Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Medi-Cal or Cal-Fresh
  • Veterans Pension benefit or Survivors Pension
  • Medicaid
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance or Section 8
  • You may also qualify based on your household income.  You must provide proof of program participation or proof of income. 
  • EBB Requirements:
    • Participate in the National School Lunch Program
    • Experienced a substantial loss of income in the last 12 months
    • Received a Pell Grant

To apply for a free cell phone through Assurance Wireless dial 1-888-898-4888.  Please note that it will take 2-3 weeks for a phone to be mailed to you once you have submitted all the documents required.  You can also visit their website at www.assurancewireless.com or if you have any questions dial 1-888-321-5880.

Residence

Through extensive community partnerships, innovative community supervision and a commitment to rehabilitation, CDCR is helping offenders succeed as they return to their communities. Comprehensive pre- and post-release rehabilitative programs and services are offered in communities throughout California delivered through alternative custody, residential, outpatient and drop-in centers.

Live-In Residence

Live-in programs for offenders serving the last part of their sentence in community programs in lieu of confinement in state prison provide links to community rehabilitative services and programs focused on skills such as Substance Use Disorder Treatment (SUDT), education, housing, family reunification, vocational training and employment services.

Alternate Custody Program (ACP)

The Alternative Custody Program (ACP) is a voluntary program developed for eligible offenders that allows them to serve up to the last 12 months of their sentence in the community in lieu of confinement in state prison. Eligible participants may be housed in a private residence, a transitional care facility, a residential drug, or other treatment program.

ACP participants remain under the jurisdiction of the CDCR and are supervised by parole agents while in the community. One day of participation in ACP shall be in lieu of one day of incarceration in a state prison. Participants receive credits for time served they would have received while incarcerated in state prison.

Inmate Requests for ACP

An inmate requests ACP placement by submitting an ACP Application and Voluntary Agreement (CDCR Form 2234) to the assigned Correctional Counselor II (CCII) at the institution; or mailing the form to:

Women and Children Services Unit (WCSU)
Female Offenders Program and Services (FOPS)

10961 Sun Center Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

Note: The residence the inmate notates on their CDCR Form 2234, ACP Application and Voluntary Agreement, must be able to allow the prospective ACP participant to reside there until their Earliest Possible Release Date (EPRD), barring any unforeseen circumstances.

If an inmate is requesting placement in an ACP Program, an acceptance letter from the program must be submitted with the CDCR Form 2234. The ACP Program acceptance letter must include the inmate’s name, signature, CDCR number, EPRD, return mailing address, ACP Program name, ACP Program address, ACP Program contact number, and the ACP Program contact person’s printed and signed name and the date. The ACP Program acceptance letter must state acceptance to the ACP Program and guaranteed bed availability through the inmate’s EPRD.

The Community Prisoner Mother Program (CPMP) is a community substance abuse treatment program where non-serious, non-violent female offenders may serve a sentence up to six years. The CPMP has been in existence since 1985 and is mandated by Penal Code (PC) Section 3410. Women are placed in the program from any of the female institutions. Pursuant to PC Section 3410, program eligibility requires that the female offender have up to two children less than six years of age, have no active felony holds, nor any prior escapes. The female offender must sign a voluntary placement agreement to enter the program, followed by three years of parole. The CPMP facilities are not the property of CDCR, and a private contractor provides program services at our Pomona facility. The treatment program addresses substance issues, emotional functioning, self-esteem, parenting skills, and employment skills.

Basic Program Components of the CPMP

  • Pregnant and/or parenting mothers and their children under six years of age are provided programs and support services to assist in developing the skills necessary to become a functioning, self-sufficient family that positively contributes to society.
  • Individual Treatment Plans are developed for both the mother and child to foster development and personal growth. Program services focus on trauma-informed substance abuse prevention, parenting and educational skills.
  • The program provides a safe, stable, and stimulating environment for both the mother and the child, utilizing the least restrictive alternative to incarceration consistent with the needs for public safety.
  • Program goals facilitate the mother/child bond, reunite the family, enhance community reintegration, foster successful independent living, and enhance self-reliance and self-esteem. The resultant mission is to break the inter-generational chain of crime and social services dependency.

The primary focus of the CPMP is to reunite mothers with their children and re-integrate them back into society as productive citizens by (a) providing a safe, stable, wholesome and stimulating environment, (b) establishing stability in the parent-child relationship, and providing the opportunity for in-mate mothers to bond with their children and strengthen the family unit.

Specific goals are:

  1. To PROMOTE community reintegration, independent living and self-reliance;
  2. To REDUCE the use of alcohol and drugs, involvement in criminal behavior, the rate of recidivism, factors which result in trauma to children of incarcerated parents and ultimately long-term costs to the state;
  3. To INCREASE parenting skills, emotional stability, and educational and vocational opportunities;
  4. To ADDRESS substance abuse issues, behavioral and psychological factors which impact emotional stability, self-esteem, self-reliance, parent-child relationship and appropriate child development;
  5. To PROVIDE pre-release planning, employment skills, educational, vocational and parenting skills

Custody to Community Transitional Reentry Program

The Custody to Community Transitional Reentry Program (CCTRP) allows eligible offenders with serious and violent crimes committed to State prison to serve their sentence in the community at a CCTRP as designated by the Department, in lieu of confinement in State prison and at the discretion of the Secretary.  The CCTRP will provide a range of rehabilitative services that assist with alcohol and drug recovery, employment, education, housing, family reunification, and social support.

Under CCTRP, one day of participation counts as one day of incarceration in State prison, and participants in the program are also eligible to receive any sentence reductions that they would have received had they served their sentence in State prison.  Participants may be returned to an institution to serve the remainder of their term at any time with or without cause.

Female participants who volunteer for CCTRP will be placed into the program with a minimum of 45 days and a maximum of 30 months to participate prior to their release date.  All of the participants receiving services through the CCTRP will be required to reside at the CCTRP program.  CDCR will have the final decision regarding program placements and retains the right to remove participants from the program at any time.

CDCR currently has CCTRPs at the following locations:

  • San Diego – 112 bed facility
  • Santa Fe Springs – 112 bed facility
  • Bakersfield – 75 bed facility
  • Stockton – 50 bed facility
  • Sacramento – 50 bed facility
  • Los Angeles – 60 bed facility

Inquiries regarding the CCTRP should be addressed to the Female Offender Programs and Services/Special Housing Mission, Women and Children Services Unit, at (916) 464-4001.

Male Community Reentry Program

The Male Community Reentry Program (MCRP) is a voluntary program for eligible males who have 365 days of their prison sentence left to serve. This allows eligible people committed to state prison to serve the end of their sentences in the community, in lieu of confinement in state prison. MCRP is facilitated by the Division of Rehabilitative Programs (DRP).

Launched in 2015, MCRP is designed to provide a range of community-based, rehabilitative services that assist with substance use disorder, mental health care, medical care, employment, education, housing, family reunification, and social support. MCRP assists participants to successfully reenter the community from prison and contributes to reduced recidivism by using community-based rehabilitative services.  Rehabilitative services may include guidance and support, family reunification, community resources, education, employment, health care services, recovery groups, and housing.

Locations

MCRP is located in the following counties:

  • Butte (Multi-County: Tehama, Nevada, Colusa, Glenn, Sutter, Placer and Yuba)
  • Kern County
  • Los Angeles County (3 locations)
  • San Diego County

Program Length

Individuals are eligible to participate up to 365 days, but no less than 30 days, before their EPRD.

Eligibility / Enrollment

All levels of eligible incarcerated people may volunteer for MCRP placement. Those determined potentially eligible for placement will be reviewed by the Institution Classification Committee (ICC) and, if approved for placement, referred to the Classification Staff Representative for endorsement. All participants are subjected to mandatory electronic monitoring and must agree as a condition of placement.

The ineligibility criteria are as follows:

  • The County of Last Legal Residence (CLLR) is not serviced by an MCRP. (An individual must be approved for a transfer of supervision to a county serviced by an MCRP, prior to ICC’s review, to become eligible for review)
  • Has a PC Section 290 registration requirement, an R suffix, or current or prior conviction for a sexually violent offense as defined in subdivision (B) of the Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) Section 6600
  • Has a California Static Risk Assessment (CSRA) score of five (high violence)
  • Mandatory Minimum Placement Code for escape or when a walkaway has occurred within the last five years of ICC’s review
  • Has an active or potential felony hold, warrant, or detainer
  • Has an active or potential Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) hold, warrant, or detainer
  • Has in-custody misconduct (Division A-C offenses) within the last 12 calendar months, except physical possession of alcohol and possession of drugs (trafficking offenses remain exclusionary)
  • Has been released from Security Housing Unit/Psychiatric Security Unit (SHU/PSU) within the last 12 calendar months
  • Validated Security Threat Group I (STG I) pursuant to California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 15 Subsection 3378(c)

Residential Programs

Residential programs for parolees are offered throughout the state. All provide residency and support services to parolees including SUDT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapies, life skills, employment, education and transitional housing.

Female Offender Training and Employment Program (FOTEP)

Program Information

The Female Offender Treatment and Employment Program (FOTEP) is designed to reduce recidivism through intensive substance use disorder, family reunification, vocational training, and employment services. The program provides a smooth transition for female offenders from custody to the community focusing on intensive, gender-responsive counseling services.

In addition, there is a comprehensive case management component to assess the needs of the participants and to provide the services and programs that would most likely result in their recovery and future gainful employment. Unique to FOTEP is the ability for the women to have their children reside with them as they progress through their treatment and recovery for up to 15 months.

Locations

Community-based facilities located in the following counties:

  • Merced
  • Los Angeles
  • Orange
  • San Bernardino

Program Length

Maximum of 15 months

Eligibility / Enrollment

FOTEP services are available to female parolees (with or without minor children) under the jurisdiction of DAPO. Parolees should have an identified Correctional Offender Management Profiling for Alternative Sanctions (COMPAS) need.

Participants do not need to have completed an In-Prison Substance Abuse Treatment Program. Enrollment requires a referral by your parole agent via CDCR Form 1502, Activity Report and all enrollments in the FOTEP requires a referral through the STOP placement office.

Parolee Services Center (PSC)

The PSC is a voluntary, residential program that provides housing, meals, support services and resources, programming, and supervision in a safe, clean, drug-free environment.  The goal of the PSC is to assist parolees with life skills training and job preparation in order to obtain and maintain self-sufficiency, employability and successful reintegration back into the community.  The program offers services that focus on parolee needs such as employment, job search and placement training, stress management, victim awareness, computer supported literacy, and life skills. Substance abuse education and a 52-week certified domestic violence program is provided to applicable parolees.

Location

PSC programs are located in the following counties:

  • Alameda
  • San Francisco
  • San Diego

Program Length

Program length is up to 180 days with the possibility of an additional 185 days, based on assessed need.

Eligibility / Enrollment

All parolees subject to the jurisdiction of DAPO are eligible for placement in the PSC. The parolee population served under the PSC includes, but not limited to:

  • Parolees on active parole who have been referred by DAPO who need employment services;
  • PC Section 290 registrants who are Jessica’s Law compliant or if the county where they are located has a Jessica’s Law Stay order;
  • Long-Term Offenders (LTOs) who had been sentenced to life terms;
  • Serious and violent offenders (e.g. PC Sections 1192.7 and 667.5).

CDCR will consider placement under the following circumstances on a case-by-case basis:

  • Parolees designated high notoriety;
  • Parolees required to register pursuant to PC Section 457.1 (Arson);
  • Parolees in custody pending local misdemeanor charges that could result in county jail time;
  • Parolees who are identified as members or affiliates of CDCR STG I;
  • Parolees classified as Enhanced Outpatient Program (EOP).

Specialized Treatment for Optimized Programming (STOP)

STOP contractors provide comprehensive, evidence-based programming and services to parolees in their first year of release during their transition into the community in order to support a successful reentry.

STOP services include, but are not limited to:

  • Substance Use Disorder Treatment
  • Detoxification Services
  • Assistance with Enrollment to Health Care Services
  • General Health Education Services
  • Motivational Incentives
  • Anger Management
  • Criminal Thinking
  • Life Skills Programs
  • Community and Family Reunification Services
  • Employment and Educational Services, and Referrals
  • Individual, Family, and Group Counseling
  • Faith-Based Services
  • Recovery and Reentry Housing
  • Emergency Housing Services

Locations

STOP community-based services are available in most counties throughout the state of California.  Parolees in counties lacking STOP service locations may be considered for placement in another county.

STOP is administered from six regional placement offices.

  • Campbell
  • Fresno
  • Los Angeles
  • Sacramento
  • San Bernardino
  • San Diego

Program Length

Services are up to 180 days, with the possibility of up to an additional 185 days, based on assessed need.

Eligibility / Enrollment

All parolees subject to the jurisdiction of DAPO are eligible to participate. Priority is given to parolees who are within their first year of release and who have demonstrated a moderate-to-high risk to re-offend, as identified by their CSRA score, and have a medium to high need, as identified by the COMPAS reentry assessment tool.

Enrollment requires a referral by the individual’s parole agent via a CDCR Form 1502, Activity Report. Parolees may self-refer to a STOP facility but the parole agent will be contacted to verify referral.

Transitional Housing Program (THP)

Long Term Offender Reentry Recovery (LTORR) Program

The LTORR Program is a residential program that provides housing, meals, support services and resources, programming, and supervision in a safe, clean, drug-free environment. The program offers services that focus on Long-Term Offenders (LTOs) needs such as employment, job search and placement training, stress management, victim awareness, computer supported literacy, and life skills. Substance abuse education and a 52-week certified domestic violence program is provided to applicable parolees. The program provides peer-driven support, assistance, and guidance to newly released LTOs to assist parolees with successful reintegration into their communities.

Locations

Transitional Housing Program (THP) services are located in the following counties:

  • Alameda
  • Fresno
  • Monterey
  • Sacramento
  • San Diego

Program Length

Up to 180 days with the possibility of an additional 185 days, based on assessed need.

Eligibility / Enrollment

All parolees subject to the jurisdiction of DAPO are eligible for placement in the THP. The participant population served under the THP includes, but not limited to:

  • LTOs granted release from prison will be given first priority;
  • Participants on active parole who have been referred by DAPO who have a need for transitional housing and/or reintegration services (acceptance on a case-by-case basis);
  • PC Section 290 registrants;
  • Serious and violent offenders (e.g. PC Sections 1192.7 and 667.5); and
  • Additional referrals deemed appropriate by DRP.
  • CDCR will consider placement under the following circumstances on a case-by-case basis:
  • Parolees designated high notoriety;
  • Parolees required to register pursuant to PC Section 457.1 (Arson);
  • Parolees in custody pending local misdemeanor charges that could result in county jail time;
  • Parolees who are identified as members or affiliates of CDCR STG I; and
  • Parolees classified as EOP.
  • Enrollment requires a referral by parolee’s parole via a CDCR Form 1502, Activity Report.

Outpatient and Drop-In Programs

Outpatient and drop-in programs for parolees provide support in employment assistance and placement, relationships, Cognitive Behavioral Therapies, education, housing and vocational training.

Caltrans Parolee Work Crew Program

The Caltrans Parolee Work Crew Program provides transitional employment through litter abatement services for the Department of Transportation (Caltrans). This program is a partnership between Caltrans, CDCR, the Butte County Office of Education (BCOE), San Bernardino Community College District (SBCCD), and the City of Oakland Golden State Works (GSW). The BCOE and SBCCD Day Reporting Centers (DRCs) work with DAPO.

Parolees are assessed for job readiness to legally and physically work on transitional work crews that require manual labor. Eligible parolees who have completed most of their Individual Treatment Plan are placed on a work crew for up to 90 working days. The GSW program provides life skills education, employment preparation, transitional employment, permanent job placement, appropriate case management, and employment retention services. Each parolee that completes the first five-day portion of life skills education is also placed into transitional employment on a work crew for up to 90 working days. Parolees work four days a week on the work crew; on the fifth day, focus on employment and job placement services. Job referral and retention services continue for up to 12 months.

Locations

The Caltrans Parolee Work Crew has six locations statewide. The BCOE works with four DRCs in the following counties:

BCOE works with four DRCs.

  • Fresno
  • Los Angeles
  • Sacramento
  • Stockton
  • SBCCD works in San Bernardino County. 
  • GSW works through the City of Oakland in Alameda County.

Program Length

The Caltrans Parolee Work Crew Program lengths vary, up to one year.

Eligibility / Enrollment

Parolees attending a BCOE and SBCCD DRCs who have completed a job readiness assessment, and legally and physically able to work on transitional job sites may be referred for enrollment by your parole agent via CDCR Form 1502, Activity Report.

In the GSW program, parolees complete an evidence-based employment assessment to determine eligibility and must also be referred by your parole agent via a CDCR Form 1502 Activity Report. Parolees in GSW who have a history of either PC Section 457.1 (arson) or PC Section 290 (sex offense) may be excluded on a case-by-case basis.

Daily Reporting Centers / Community-Based Coalition (CBC)

Community-Based Coalition (CBCs) provides a comprehensive service delivery program designed to address the assessed needs of parolee participants in a Day Reporting Center (DRC) format. The CBCs offer an array of services designed to increase the success of at-risk parolees discharging from prison. CBCs are non-residential program with limited transitional housing available.

DRCs offer a “one-stop shop” comprehensive service delivery program designed to address the assessed needs of parolee participants. DRCs are non-residential programs with limited transitional housing available.

Services provided include:

  • Individual and Group Counseling
  • Batterer’s Violence Program
  • Anger Management
  • Parenting and Family Reintegration
  • Cognitive and Life Skills Training
  • Education / GED Preparation
  • Budgeting and Money Management
  • Employment Services
  • Substance Use Disorder Education
  • Criminal Thinking

Locations

CBC & DRC programs are offered by CDCR in the following counties:

  • Alameda
  • Butte (2 locations)
  • Contra Costa
  • El Dorado
  • Fresno
  • Imperial
  • Kern
  • Los Angeles (4)
  • Monterey
  • Orange
  • Placer (2 locations)
  • Riverside
  • Sacramento
  • San Bernardino
  • San Diego
  • San Joaquin
  • Santa Barbara
  • Santa Clara
  • San Francisco
  • Shasta
  • Solano
  • Tehama
  • Yolo (2 locations)

Program Length

  • CBC Programs: Up to one year.
  • DRC Programs: Up to 180 days with the possibility of up to an additional 185 days, based on assessed need.

CBC & DRC Programs

All parolees subject to the jurisdiction of DAPO are eligible to participate. Parolees should have an identified COMPAS need. Referral by parolee’s parole agent via CDCR Form 1502, Activity Report.

Behavioral Health Reintegration Assistance / Treatment

Behavioral Health Reintegration (BHR) is a first line resource of clinical case management services designed to assist parolees with their successful reintegration back into the community.  Located in most parole offices, BHR is staffed with psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers available to address immediate mental health and/or substance use needs.  Additionally, the BHR clinicians work closely with each parolee to develop an individualized reintegration plan (IRP) designed to identify areas of need and evaluate for protective as well as restrictive variables in order to devise functional and realistic plans for successful reintegration.  BHR emphasizes linking parolees to long-term community-based services and resources that will sustain once discharged from parole supervision.   

Methods of services BHR provides include, but are not limited to, evaluation of mental illness and substance use, on-going assessment of symptom severity and intervention, medication management, brief individual therapy, group therapy, crisis intervention, and case management support. 

BHR also provides Medicated Assisted Treatment (MAT). Your parole agent can refer you to BHR for MAT services. An assessment will be conducted by a BHR clinician.  If MAT is appropriate for you, the BHR psychiatrist will prescribe an injectable MAT.  

Please note, opiate maintenance therapy (Suboxone, Methadone) is not prescribed by BHR psychiatrists.

County Behavioral Health / Medication Assisted Treatment / Integrated Substance Use Disorder Treatment

Integrated Substance Use Disorder Treatment

The Integrated Substance Use Disorder Treatment (ISUDT) Program sets forth a comprehensive plan to strengthen the Department’s behavioral interventions, and expanded MAT to all 34 adult institutions. The program focuses on the use of evidence-based substance use disorder (SUD) screening and assessments, linkages to care during incarceration (both MAT and behavioral interventions), and seeks to increase care coordination to reduce gaps in services upon release. ISUDT goals include:

  • Reducing SUD-related morbidity and mortality;
  • Creating a rehabilitative environment which improves safety for inmates and CDCR staff
  • Reducing overall recidivism
  • Successful reintegration of individuals into their community at time of release; and
  • Improving public safety, and promoting healthy families and communities.
CBI Programs

Cognitive Behavior Interventions (CBIs) are based on Cognitive Behavior Therapy. CBIs are based on the premise that how we think impacts our emotions which determines behavior. CBIs focus on changing unhelpful thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes (cognitive distortions) and behaviors and improving emotional regulation, and developing healthier coping skills.

These programs’ general objectives are to:

  • Increase each inmate’s level of knowledge and skills associated with their SUD and issues contributing to their addiction.
  • Increase each inmate’s level of knowledge and skills associated with their criminal behavior.
  • Improve the inmate’s relapse and recidivism prevention strategies and skills.
  • Address criminal and distorted thinking in order to eliminate anti-social thinking.
  • Address the issues that contribute to the inmate’s SUD and criminal behavior including but not limited to: trauma, coping skills, relationship skills, emotion management and expression of emotions.
  • Support inmates receiving MAT.

The goal of CBI programming is to eliminate criminal behavior patterns and substance use, abuse, and dependency.

Individuals in need of CBI-Intensive Outpatient or CBI-Outpatient components will be participating in a two-part program model.  The first component/module has been streamlined to allow for both the participants and the Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) counselors to deliver the services while improving the CBI program experience. 

All participants will be assessed by healthcare staff and referred to one of the CBI classes. The outcome of the healthcare referral for any CBI programs will result in a T-code assignment and placement into the queue for the appropriate level of service.  A participant assessed as moderate- to high-risk SUD will be assigned to one of the following SUD CBI classes:

  • Intensive Outpatient – 2 hours/day, 5 days/week for approximately 14 weeks
  • Outpatient – 2 hours/day, 3 days/week for approximately 14 weeks

All participants who screened negative for substance use or were assessed as low-risk SUD and those completing the SUD CBI will then be assigned to the following CBI class:

  • Life Skills – 2 hours/day, 3 days/week for approximately 28 weeks

Eligible Credits

Participants will receive Milestone Completion Credits (MCCs) off their sentence for every 80 hours of participation and one additional week upon successful program completion.

Eligibility Requirement

In order to be eligible, inmates must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • EPRD within 15-24 months
  • Board of Parole Hearing (BPH) within 15-24 months
  • Currently undergoing MAT
  • Identified as High-Risk for SUD
    • History of overdose
    • SUD-related hospitalization in the last 12 months
    • SUD and on Opioids for Chronic Pain
    • Pregnant with SUD
  • Identified based upon a clinically assessed need or medical referral

ISUDT also helps to ensure continuity of care and a safe handoff process into the community for those with a SUD. The Enhanced Pre-Release process starts as early as 210 days prior to release to identify the health care needs of patients and includes face-to-face meetings between CDCR/CCHCS staff and ISUDT patients so patients can be engaged in their discharge plans. 

Transition services eliminate immediate barriers and connect patients to appropriate services and support systems in their perspective communities.  It involves significant planning with multiple county and community organizations. 

Education

Community College

Community colleges offer several programs that can provide you with vocational training in fields like auto-repair, computers, carpentry and plumbing.  In some cases, you may be able to enroll in these programs even if you do not have a high school diploma.

The road to a better career starts with enrolling in a career education program at a California Community College.  If you are looking to acquire the skills you need to succeed, there is a program for you.

Our career education programs allow you to learn through real-life training from expert instructors and industry professionals.

Degree and Certificate Programs

California community colleges offer a wide variety of degrees and career certificates to meet the needs of students looking to improve their lives through education.

California community colleges assist students by providing a wide array of financial aid services and support.

Employment

Finding a Job

Getting a job should be one of your top priorities if you are capable of working.  Though it may be a challenge to find work, you should never allow yourself to become discouraged.  If you need assistance finding and keeping a job, the following information may be helpful to you:

America’s Job Center of California

WorkSource Centers provide Job Training Programs and Career Building Services for high-demand, high salary jobs in growing industries. WorkSource Centers also offer translation services in a variety of languages commonly spoken within Los Angeles, as well as assistance with childcare or bus passes to those who qualify.

These centers act as your personal employment agency and the services are always FREE. The services are offered to adults, dislocated workers, veterans, the homeless and the re-entry population.

  • Job Training, Resume Building and Interview Skills
  • Phone and Computer Access, Skills Workshops
  • Employment Referrals
  • Customized Job Matching via CalJOBS
  • Career Guidance and Placement Assistance

California Employment Development Center

The California Employment Development Department (EDD) can help you find a job.  They have many tools that can assist you in the process, such as job fairs, workshops and online services.  In addition, employers may be able to get a tax credit for hiring you through the Work Opportunity Tax Credit Program.

Toolbox for Job Seekers

The Toolbox for Job Seekers provides tools and resources for California’s job seekers to assist in their job search, career exploration, and training needs.

CalJOBS

The CalJOBS is a virtual job center that gives you online access to thousands of job listings and tools to help you manage your career.

Benefits of CalJOBS include:.

  • Create and upload multiple versions of your résumé tailored to specific jobs or career paths.
  • Receive automatic job alerts through the feature titled Virtual Recruiter.
  • Receive notifications of new job openings via text messages and/or email.
  • View current events such as workshops and job fairs by location.
  • Use templates to communicate with employers in a Message Center.
  • Access on all computers, smartphones, and tablets.
  • Download the mobile application for on iTunes and Google Play stores.

Jobs and Training

For information on what type of training is needed or where to get training, visit the Jobs and Training page.

To find a job, list a job opening, and browse other online employment services, visit CalJOBS.  For assistance, call CalJOBS at 1 (800) 758-0398.

Public Library

The public library in your area may offer various types of programs that can help you with employment.  Some of the services you may find at your local library include business services, which can help you if you are interested in starting your own business, or one-on-one job coaching to help you brush up on job searching, resume writing and interview skills.

Some Libraries provide programs like WORK READY, a 6-Week Job Readiness Program

Employment Agencies

Employment agencies are companies that specialize in connecting employers with job seekers.  The jobs they can place you in may be temporary, or lead to a permanent position.  An employment agency can help you figure out what type of work you are qualified to do and then help you find a job. 

A job seeker can use a staffing agency (also known as an employment agency or staffing company) to find a wide variety of jobs, including permanent jobs, in a number of industries. Staffing agencies hire everyone from entry-level workers to CEOs. Learn what a staffing agency is and how to use one to find the right job for you. 

Companies pay the agency to find employees for them. Job seekers can apply to specific jobs through the staffing agency, or can simply contact the staffing agency looking for a job. The agency interviews the job seekers and places them in appropriate positions.       

It’s free. They do the job searching for you.

When you sign up to work with a staffing agency, they ask you about your skills and experience and let you know if they have a job that might be a good fit for you. You can also search for jobs on their internal job site. Often, they know of job openings that are not available on other job sites. It is a great way to get help finding job openings.

Help Wanted Advertisements

Help Wanted ads can be searched online and in the newspaper, or other publications.  If you do not know where to find them, ask your parole agent.

In addition to the print newspaper, we have many more options today. Instead of publishing traditional classifieds online, these classifieds usually appear only in their online form, and they are a useful source of job postings. Many newspapers and other organizations outsource the “Jobs” portion of their website to employment super sites, often Indeed, CareerBuilder, or Monster. Essentially, they provide a window into the existing database of jobs at a different site.

Networking

Networking can be an effective way of finding a job.  Talk to your parole agent, friends and family and ask them if they are aware of any job opportunities that you might be qualified for.  Ask them for advice on how to get a job.  They may point you in the right direction.

What is meant by job networking?

Networking is an important career development skill that is worth developing. In its simplest form, networking involves having a “career conversation” with someone for the purpose of exploring careers or job searching to help you answer important career-related questions.

Cold-Calling

Cold-calling is an option that is available to you in your job search.  You may be able to get work by simply calling or stopping in on a company that you would like to work for and asking them if they are hiring.  This may be especially effective on construction worksites. 

Cold calling is the practice of contacting potential employers directly by phone, without any prior contact, and marketing yourself to them. This is best accomplished by identifying and understanding your skills, and how they are relevant to the employers you approach and the jobs they may have available.

Here’s some example scripts of what you can say when looking for work. 

Good afternoon, I would like to speak to _______________________________, please. My name is ________________________ and I am hoping to find out about employment opportunities at ____________________.

Tips for Finding a Job

  • Prepare a history of your work experience.  This is called a resume.
  • Prepare a list of references.  This is a list of people a potential employer can contact to ask about your character and experience.  Make sure that your relationships with others, especially employers, are good so that you will always feel comfortable listing them as a reference.
  • Obtain a valid California DL or California ID Card.  Employers will require you to have a valid ID.  If you did not obtain an ID while you were in prison, ask your parole agent if you are eligible for a no-fee or reduced-fee ID.
  • Know your SSN.  Employers will require this information.  If you do not have a SSN, apply to obtain one.
  • Keep a copy of your birth certificate.  If you do not have one, contact the County Records Office where you were born to obtain a copy. 
  • Dress appropriately when meeting with potential employers.  In most cases, this means that you should wear your “Sunday best.”
  • When you are interviewing for a job, be the best version of yourself.  Listen carefully, be respectful and answer all questions honestly and to the best of your ability.

Getting an Education

If you did not graduate from high school, you may have a hard time getting a good job.  If you want a good job, you can still finish your education through an Adult Education Program.  You can get your General Education Development (GED) diploma by taking the High School Proficiency Test, or by going back to school. 

Contact your parole agent and/or a member of the APU team for information about educational programs in your community.

Adult Education Program

Adult Education Programs are free of charge and are available in schools in your community.  You can get more information about these programs by contacting your local school district or community college.

Division of Rehabilitative Programs (DRP)

DRP Contracted Programs

DRP has established contracts with specific programs statewide to address a parolee’s criminogenic needs.

Rehabilitative Programs Available to Parolees

The CDCR-funded rehabilitative programs listed below provide comprehensive post-release services throughout the State of California. These services are delivered through residential, outpatient, and drop-in centers. The focus is on substance use disorder, sober living homes, transitional housing, life skills, family unification, education, academic and vocational training and employment assistance and placement.

Specialized Treatment for Optimized Programming

Specialized Treatment for Optimized Programming (STOP) staff offer proven programs that will help you with your transition back into the community.  These programs assist you with your health care, education, life skills, employment, housing, counseling and substance abuse treatment needs.  Priority will be given to parolees who meet specific criteria.  Ask your parole agent if you qualify. 

Day Reporting Centers

Day Reporting Centers (DRC) can help you with life-skills, education and employment training.  They also offer some short-term housing.

Female Offender Treatment and Employment Program

The Female Offender Treatment and Employment Program (FOTEP) can assist female offenders with their transition from prison to the community.  Services include shelter for female offenders and their children, substance abuse treatment, vocational training and employment services.

Aunt Bertha’s free search tool is now called findhelp.org. Findhelp.org will continue to connect all people in need to the programs that serve them (with dignity and ease)

https://www.findhelp.org

Help starts here. 211 connects you to expert, caring help. Every call is completely confidential.

https://www.211.org/

ARCAID is the “Automated Rehabilitative Catalog and Information Discovery” Application. This application is a self-service platform for offenders to find services, jobs, and forms and documents throughout their community to assist them in their reintegration and rehabilitation process.

https://arcaid.etosoftware.us/

Voting Rights

You can register to vote and vote if you are:

  • A United States citizen and a resident of California
  • 18 years old or older on Election Day
  • Not currently serving a state or federal prison term for the conviction of a felony
  • Not currently found mentally incompetent to vote by a court

Persons with a criminal history who can register to vote:

  • In county jail awaiting trial
  • In county jail serving a misdemeanor sentence
  • On probation
  • On parole
  • On mandatory supervision
  • On post-release community supervision (PRCS)
  • On federal supervised release
  • A person with a juvenile wardship adjudication

Persons with a criminal history who cannot register and vote:

  • Currently serving a state or federal prison term for the conviction of a felony imprisoned in:
  • State prison
  • Federal prison
  • County jail or other correctional facility

NOTE: Once you have finished serving your term, your right to vote is restored; however, you must register online at RegisterToVote.ca.gov or by filling out a paper voter registration card.

How to register to vote

You may request a voter registration card from the Secretary of State or your county elections office. If you are in jail and you are eligible to vote, you are entitled to receive a voter registration card.

You may also apply to register to vote on the Secretary of State’s website RegisterToVote.ca.gov. Your voter registration application must be received or postmarked at least fifteen (15) days before Election Day to be eligible to vote in that election. In elections conducted by your county elections official, you can “conditionally” register and vote provisionally at your county elections office after the 15-day voter registration deadline. For more information, please go to the Secretary of State’s webpage on same day voter registration and voting (https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voter-registration/same-day-reg) or contact your county elections official.

Voter registration cards and voting materials are available in English, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese. Voter registration cards are available at most public libraries and government offices. See the attached list for state and local elections office contact information.

Vote by Mail

If you are already registered to vote at your current home address, you may request a vote-by-mail ballot application by contacting your county elections office. Once you receive your vote-by-mail ballot application, you must complete and return it to your county elections office at least seven (7) days before Election Day.

If you are not registered to vote at your current home address, you may register or re-register to vote and request a vote-by-mail ballot on the Secretary of State’s website RegisterToVote.ca.gov.

Release from Custody

If you requested a vote-by-mail ballot but are released from custody before you receive your ballot, you can still vote. Just go to the polling place for your home address or any polling place in the county where you are registered and vote a provisional ballot.

If you change your name, home address, mailing address, or party preference you must complete a new voter registration card.

Resources

For more information, contact your county elections office at California Secretary of State | (800) 345-VOTE (8683) | www.sos.ca.gov | https://voterstatus.sos.ca.gov

Local Resources

211 can be accessed by phone or computer at 211.org.  A toll-free call to 211 connects you to a community resource specialist in your area who can put you in touch with local organizations that provide critical services. You will find information about supplemental food and nutrition programs. Your parole agent or APU staff member can provide you with more information about how to connect directly with a 211 Reentry Specialist in your area.

Contact your parole agent and/or a member of the APU located at each parole office for information about these programs or services in your area.

Sex Offender Supervision / Registration / Treatment

Containment Model/Polygraph/Tiered Supervision/GPS Devices

Sex Offender Supervision

As a tool in its enhanced supervision, CDCR continues to operate one of the largest Global Positioning System (GPS) monitoring programs by a single law enforcement agency in the United States. Since 2008, CDCR has been monitoring all sex offender parolees in the community with GPS technology. CDCR, DAPO continues to be one of the nation’s leading law enforcement agencies in the application of innovative community supervision methods related to sex offenders. CDCR’s Sex Offender Management Program (SOMP) was implemented in September 2014, incorporating a collaborative approach to sex offender supervision and management. The SOMP is a comprehensive program consisting of enhanced supervision, sex offender-specific treatment, polygraph use and victim advocacy, and meets the statutory requirements outlined in PC Section 3008 (also known as Chelsea’s Law). Intended for the management of all parolees required to register with law enforcement pursuant to PC Section 290, the SOMP is an evidence-based approach to sex offender management utilizing multiple risk assessments to drive tiered supervision classifications.

Chelsea’s Law

On September 9, 2010, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Assembly Bill (AB) 1844, also known as the Chelsea King Child Predator Prevention Act of 2010, or Chelsea’s Law. The legislation was introduced by Assembly Member Nathan Fletcher, in collaboration with the King family, in response to the murder of their 17-year-old daughter Chelsea, by registered sex offender John Albert Gardner.

Multiple PC sections were affected by AB 1844 including increased penalties for sex offender parolees, closer oversight of sex offenders, mandatory sex offender treatment and longer parole periods for felony sex crimes involving physical contact with children. Chelsea’s Law also mandated the implementation of a “Containment Model” used to manage sex offenders under supervision.

Sex Offender Registration

Mission

The mission of the California Sex Offender Registry is to provide accurate and timely information to the law enforcement community and the general public concerning sex offender registration in California.

Overview

In 1947, California became the first state in the nation to enact a sex offender registration law that required offenders convicted of specified offenses to register with their local law enforcement agency. This practice is still in place and the California Sex and Arson Registry (CSAR) serves as the statewide repository for information on registered sex offenders. Today, the California Sex Offender Registry continues to provide a wide range of services that support and assist the law enforcement community with the monitoring and registration of over 120,000 California sex offenders. These services include maintaining and providing information to the general public via the California Megan’s Law Internet Web site.

The California Sex Offender Registry at the California Department of Justice (DOJ) maintains the registered sex offender database. The database is the basis for the information displayed on this website.

By law, persons convicted of specified sex crimes are required to register as sex offenders with a local law enforcement agency. Prior to release from prison, jail, a mental hospital, or on probation, sex offenders who are required to register are notified in writing of their duty to register. This information is then forwarded to DOJ. When a sex offender is released into the community, he or she must register within 5 working days at the law enforcement agency having jurisdiction over his or her residence. The registering agency forwards the registration information to DOJ.

Registration Requirements

Registered sex offenders are required to update their information annually with local law enforcement, within five working days before or after their birthday. Some sex offenders must update their information more often: transients (homeless) must update every 30 days and sexually violent predators must update every 90 days. The California Sex Offender Registry keeps track of the next required update, and if a registered sex offender is in violation of the update requirements, this website will show the registrant as being in violation.

Updating Registration

When registrants change their residence address or become transient (homeless), they are required to update their registration information within five working days with a local law enforcement agency. The local agency then forwards this information to DOJ. DOJ updates this website on a daily basis based upon the information received from local law enforcement agencies.

Pursuant to PC Section 290.46, sex offender information is displayed according to specific posting categories based upon conviction. The home address category requires that the home address of the offender be posted. The ZIP Code category requires that the offender’s ZIP Code, city and county be posted but not his or her home address. The conditional home address category requires that some offenders be moved from the ZIP Code category to the home address category upon conviction of another registrable offense. There is also a category of registered sex offenders that cannot, by law, be displayed on the Megan’s Law website. However, those offenders are still required to register as sex offenders with local law enforcement agencies.

What is SB 384?

Effective January 1, 2021, Senate Bill (SB) 384 transitioned California’s lifetime sex offender registration schema to a tier-based schema. SB 384 established three tiers of registration for adult registrants for periods of 10 years, 20 years, and life, and two tiers of registration for juvenile registrants for periods of 5 years and 10 years. SB 384 allows the registrant to petition the superior court or juvenile court for termination of their sex offender registration requirement on or after their next birthday after July 1, 2021, following the expiration of their mandated minimum registration period. Based on criteria listed in SB 384, the court will either grant or deny the petition.

Important Dates

Beginning on January 1, 2021, the CA DOJ designates tiers for registrants. Beginning on July 1, 2021, on or after their next birthday after July 1, 2021, registrants who meet the mandated minimum requirements may petition for termination of their sex offender registration requirement in the superior court or juvenile court in the county in which they reside.

Beginning on January 1, 2022, registrants will be displayed on the Megan’s Law website pursuant to Penal Code Section 290.46 as amended under SB 384.

When did SB 384 take effect?

The tier-based sex offender registration schema took effect on January 1, 2021. Pursuant to PC Section 290.5(a)(1) as amended under SB 118 and SB 384, tier one, tier two, and “Tier Three – Risk Assessment Level” registrants may file a petition in the superior court or juvenile court in their county of residence for termination of their California sex offender registration requirement. Registrants may petition the court following the expiration of their mandated minimum registration period on or after their next birthday after July 1, 2021. Beginning January 1, 2022, the CA DOJ will make information available to the public via the Megan’s Law website in accordance with SB 384.  The previous lifetime sex offender registration schema ended December 31, 2020.

Tiering

How are the tiers determined?

Tiers are designated in accordance with the criteria specified in PC Sections 290 through 290.024, et seq., the Sex Offender Registration Act, which include registrable conviction(s) or adjudication(s) from California and non-California jurisdictions, risk assessment scores and levels, and other criteria.

What are the mandatory minimum registration periods for individuals who were convicted of their registrable offenses in superior court?

  • Tier One: 10 years
  • Tier Two: 20 years
  • Tier Three – Risk Assessment Level: 20 years* Tier Three: Lifetime *Please refer to Penal Code section 290.5(b)(3) as amended under SB 384 for additional information

What are the mandatory minimum registration periods for individuals who were adjudicated of their registrable offenses in juvenile court?

  • Tier One: 5 years
  • Tier Two: 10 years

What is considered when determining whether I have met my mandatory minimum registration period?

Pursuant to PC Section 290(e), “the minimum time period for the completion of the required registration period in tier one or two commences on the date of release from incarceration, placement, or commitment, including any related civil commitment on the registerable offense. The minimum time for the completion of the required registration period for a designated tier is tolled during any period of subsequent incarceration, placement, or commitment, including any subsequent civil commitment, except that arrests not resulting in conviction, adjudication, or revocation of probation or parole shall not toll the required registration period. The minimum time period shall be extended by one year for each misdemeanor conviction of failing to register under the Sex Offender Registration Act (the Act), and by three years for each felony conviction of failing to register under the Act, without regard to the actual time served in custody for the conviction. If a registrant is subsequently convicted of another offense requiring registration pursuant to the Act, a new minimum time period for the completion of the registration requirement for the applicable tier shall commence upon that person’s release from incarceration, placement, or commitment, including any related civil commitment. If the subsequent conviction requiring registration pursuant to the Act occurs prior to an order to terminate the registrant from the registry after completion of a tier associated with the first conviction for a registerable offense, the applicable tier shall be the highest tier associated with the convictions.”

Who determines my tier designation?

The CA DOJ designates the tiers of most sex offender registrants. However, pursuant to PC Section 290.006, on and after January 1, 2021, the court shall determine the tier designations for individuals ordered by the court to register. Registrants who are court-ordered to register will be designated as tier one unless the court finds the person should register as a tier two or tier three registrant and states on the record the reasons for its finding. An individual is court-ordered to register pursuant to PC Section 290.006 when an individual is convicted of an offense, is not required to register pursuant to PC Section 290, and the court makes a finding that the person committed the offense as a result of sexual compulsion or for purposes of sexual gratification.

Will I be notified of my tier designation?

Registrants may request their local registering agencies to provide them with their tier notification letters.

What if I disagree with my tier designation?

Registrants who feel they have been designated as the wrong tier as specified in the Act as amended under SB 384 should consult with a public defender’s office or a private attorney.

Additional information may be found on the California Department of Justice Sex Offender Registry, oag.ca.gov

Sex Offender Management Program

Pursuant to PC Section 3008, CDCR must implement a sex offender parolee management and containment program developed in accordance with the standards established under PC 9003. SOMP is a comprehensive program consisting of enhanced supervision; sex offender parolee specific treatment; polygraph use; and victim advocacy, and is intended for the management of all parolees required to register with law enforcement, pursuant to PC Section 290.

All offenders under DAPO supervision convicted of a crime requiring registration under the Sex Offender Registration Act codified in PC Section 290 et seq., shall be supervised in accordance with the SOMP policy.

Pursuant to PC Section 3010.10, a person who is required to register as a sex offender pursuant to PC Section 290 as a condition of parole, shall report to their parole agent within one working day following release from custody or as instructed by a parole agent, to have an electronic GPS device affixed to their person. Initial contact shall not exceed two days from the date of release. All parolees, including Interstate Compact transfers, who are convicted of a crime listed in PC Sections 290 through 290.024, inclusive, may be subject to residency restrictions and transient requirements on a case-by-case basis. Parole agents shall ensure that applicable residency restrictions for sex offender parolees subject to parole supervision are imposed and adhered to. Parole agents shall impose residency restrictions in accordance with applicable California statute and in accordance with Special Conditions of Parole (SCOP) that meet the requirements set forth in People v. Lent (1975) 15 Cal.3d 481, 486. However, local ordinances shall not be enforced since State law overrides local ordinances.

Supervision of Sex Offender – Containment Model

CDCR supervises and monitors High-Risk Sex Offenders (HRSOs) under what is commonly known as the Containment Model. This system provides a method of reducing the risk to the community through the interdisciplinary team approach of strict supervision, treatment, accountability, and victim sensitivity. Community collaboration is essential

  • Community including family, friends, employers, and law enforcement are involved in imposing external controls.
  • Community supervision is provided by parole agents
  • Community concern for the safety and privacy of known victims and victims’ families are often addressed by the victim advocate Victim-Centered Approach. A victim-centered approach to the management of sex offenders:
  • Values public safety, victim protection, and reparation
  • Is designated to aid victims and control offenders
  • Strives to empower victims of sexual assault.

Sex Offender Management Program – Containment Team Meetings

The Containment Team meeting is a collaborative effort establishing a mechanism of consistent communication with all involved parties. The purpose of the Containment Team meeting is to review relevant case factors, sex offender treatment progress, dynamic risk factors, polygraph results, community reintegration, response to parole supervision, and supervision category.

The Containment Team shall normally consist of a parole agent, unit supervisor, sex offender parolee, contracted clinician (licensed psychiatrist, psychologist, and/or psychiatric social worker directly treating the sex offender parolee), and victim advocacy representative. The Containment Team may also include other relevant stakeholders, sex offender parolee family members, or members of the sex offender parolee’s community support network. Efforts should be made to ensure all members of the Containment Team are present during normally scheduled Containment Team meetings. In the event members of the Containment Team are not available to meet, the Containment Team shall minimally consist of a contracted clinician, parole agent, unit supervisor and the sex offender parolee.

Although Containment Team meetings are intended to occur in person, they can be conducted by teleconference/video conference calls when necessary, and only when approved by the unit supervisor or above.

Gang Registration

3651. Penal Code Section 186.30 Registrants (Gang Offenders)

(a) Any inmate/parolee required to register pursuant to PC Section 186.30 shall register with the Chief of Police of the city in which he or she resides, or the Sheriff of the county if he or she resides in an unincorporated area or in a city that has no police department, within 10 days of release from custody or within 10 days of his or her arrival in any city, county, or city and county to reside, whichever comes first.

(b) The registration required by PC Section 186.30 shall consist of the following:

  1. The parolee shall appear at the law enforcement agency.
  2. The law enforcement agency will serve the parolee with a California Street Terrorism Enforcement and Prevention Act notification which includes, where applicable, that the parolee belongs to a Security Threat Group (STG) whose members engage in or have engaged in a pattern of criminal STG activity as described in PC Section 186.22(e).
  3. The parolee shall submit a written statement, signed by the parolee, giving any information that may be required by the law enforcement agency.
  4. The parolee shall submit his or her fingerprints and a current photograph to the law enforcement agency.

(c) Within 10 days of changing his or her residence address, any person required to register shall inform, in writing, the law enforcement agency with whom he or she last registered, of his or her new address. If his or her new residence address is located within the jurisdiction of a law enforcement agency other than the agency where he or she last registered, he or she shall also register with the new law enforcement agency, in writing, within 10 days of the change of residence.

(d) Any parolee required to register who knowingly violates any of the provisions of PC Section 186.30 is guilty of a misdemeanor.

(e) Any person who is required under PC Section 186.30 and who knowingly fails to register, and who is subsequently convicted of or subject to a juvenile petition that is sustained for a violation of any of the offenses in PC Section 186.30 is subject to an additional term of imprisonment in the state prison.

(f) The registration requirement terminates five years after the last imposition of a registration requirement that arose under PC Section 186.30.

Note: Authority cited: Section 5058, Penal Code. Reference: Sections 186.30, 186.32, 186.33 and 5054, Penal Code.

History

  1. New section filed 8-11-2009; operative 9-10-2009 (Register 2009, No. 33).
  2. Amendment of subsection (b)(2) filed 10-17-2014; operative 10-17-2014 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4(b)(3) (Register 2014, No. 42).

Arson Registration

Penal Code Section 457.1 – Arson Registration 457.1. (a) As used in this section, “arson” means a violation of Section 451, 451.5, or 453, and attempted arson, which includes, but is not limited to, a violation of Section 455. (b) (1) Every person described in paragraph (2), (3), and (4), for the periods specified therein, shall, while residing in, or if the person has no residence, while located in California, be required to, within 14 days of coming into, or changing the person’s residence or location within any city, county, city and county, or campus wherein the person temporarily resides, or if the person has no residence, is located.

Simply stated, qualifying offenders required to register as an arson offender must, within 14 days of their release, register with the law enforcement agency that has jurisdiction over their residence.  A copy of the registration must be provided to their parole agent.  Additionally, the offender must update their registration within 14 days of changing their address.

PC Section 457.1 has many subsections that affect arson registration and should be reviewed in its entirety for complete information.

Programs

DAPO in collaboration with the DRP is committed to reducing recidivism by providing evidence-based programming to the parolee population.  Collaboration with community stakeholders and DRP-contracted providers is essential for successful reintegration of parolees into the community.

DAPO provides specialized guidance, support, program oversight and acts as liaison to DRP ensuring parolee participation in:

  • DRP-Contracted Programs
  • Non-Contracted & Community-based Treatment Programs
  • Parole and Community Team (PACT) Orientation Meetings
  • Lifer Peer Reentry Navigation Network (PRNN)
  • Women Empowerment Support Group (WE)

DRP-Contracted Programs

DRP has established contracts with specific programs statewide to address a parolee’s criminogenic needs. Your parole agent will know if these programs and resources are available in your area and will be able to refer you to them if they are.

Non-Contracted or Community-Based Treatment Programs

Non-Contracted or “Community–Based treatment programs” are programs in the community that will address a parolee’s criminogenic needs.

  • Alcohol Anonymous Classes
  • Narcotic Anonymous Classes
  • Residential Drug Treatment
  • Employments Services, etc.

Parole and Community Team

The Parole and Community Team (PACT) creates partnerships with local law enforcement agencies, community resource providers, and social service agencies in an effort to reduce crime and improve a parolee’s access to needed services in the community. 

If it is available in your area, you will be instructed to attend the mandatory PACT meeting shortly after you are released. While the meeting is mandatory for newly released parolees, any parolee needing additional resources is welcome to participate. Your participation at the PACT orientation meeting will allow you to engage in community-based programming and will provide you with opportunity to learn about, contact, and enroll in available community programs.

DAPO provides parolees with timely information about community resources and required programming, which improves public safety and promotes successful reintegration into the community.  Upon request, you will be provided with a PACT Resource Brochure, which lists contact information for the service providers in your county.

Peer Reentry Navigation Network Program

The Peer Reentry Navigation Network (PRNN) is a program specifically for formally incarcerated long-term offenders who have been found suitable for release by the Board of Parole Hearings (BPH).  Being released back into the community after many years of incarceration presents numerous challenges that the PRNN will address including reintegration and transitional topic discussions, finding access to housing, exploring employment opportunities and reuniting with family and friends. Equally important, the group provides a support system of peers who have also experienced the impact of long-term incarceration. Additionally the PRNN hosts parole professionals who specialize in serving long-term offenders as well as community partners who provide resource services and support.​ Parole facilitates the PRNN meetings each month throughout the State. Contact your parole agent for information about the PRNN Program.

Women Empowerment Support Group

The Women Empowerment (WE) Support Group provides support, assistance, and guidance to women on parole who are adapting to the day-to-day challenges, while striving toward successful community reintegration.  DAPO facilitates the WE meetings each month throughout the State.   Contact your parole agent for information about this program. 

Females Achieving Change Together

The Females Achieving Change Together (FACT) meetings represent DAPO’s commitment to creating programs and supervision strategies aimed to reduce female recidivism.  The program was created in 2014 by the Northern Region Programs Team in Fresno.

Since then, FACT has expanded to Sacramento and San Francisco (SF). The specialized female parolee program was created to focus on the needs of females upon reentry. Many female offenders have suffered physical, emotional, and sexual abuse that create unique challenges for females to reintegrate back into society.  Each area event offers reentry resources to female parolees focusing on gender-responsive solutions to help them thrive in society and reduce the likelihood of going back to jail or prison.

Adult Program Unit

Vision

Enhance public safety and promote successful community reintegration through education, treatment, and active participation in rehabilitative and restorative justice programs.

Mission

To facilitate the successful reintegration of the individuals in our care back to their communities equipped with the tools to be drug-free, healthy, and employable members of society by providing education, treatment, rehabilitative, and restorative justice programs, all in a safe and humane environment.

Purpose

Adult Program Unit (APU) acts as the DAPO community liaison with multiple community social justice reform and reentry groups.  APU provides transparency of our Department to the community as a whole and works with the social justice organizations, law enforcement, educational institutions, and employers to establish joint collaboration of multitude of new and developing reentry programs.  APU develops and establishes array of new re-entry programs and services for our justice-involved population.

Contact

APU is located at each District Parole Office throughout the State of California.  Contact a team member of the APU for assistance with addressing your criminogenic needs and for available resources/services in your area of supervision. 

Resource Brochure

A Resource Brochure is available upon request at your local parole office.

Home/Field/Office Visits

Home Contact – The parole agent conducts a home visit at the parolee’s residence of record. The home contact should be unscheduled and unannounced unless approved by the unit supervisor in writing. The home contact is conducted to:

  • Ensure the parolee is residing at their residence of record.
  • To become familiar with the parolee’s significant others.
  • Continue case management processes.

For transients (homeless), a field contact at a location where the parolee frequents or sleeps shall be conducted in lieu of the required home contact.

Additional Face-to-Face Contact – An additional in person contact with the parolee that includes, but is not limited to:

  • Working with the parolee on their criminogenic needs.
  • Conducting a comprehensive search.
  • Facilitating a group.
  • Participating in a community meeting.
  • Contacting the parolee at their residence a second time.
  • Contacting the parolee at their place of employment, the parole unit or in the field.

Urinalysis Test – Conduct a random and unscheduled urinalysis test, if applicable.

Significant Collateral – A significant collateral is a person who has significant knowledge of the parolee. This includes, but is not limited to, an individual who makes up a parolee’s support group, family, friends, neighbors, associates, church members, colleagues, members of social groups, etc. Individuals who play a consistent part in the parolee’s life before, during and after parole.

Resource Collateral – A resource collateral is a person, group, or organization, which assists the parolee in addressing their criminogenic needs.

Law Enforcement Collateral – Information received from law enforcement that meets the criteria of a significant or resource collateral as stated above.

Interstate Transfer

Interstate Policy

California is a member of the Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision (ICAOS). This compact is the legal authority that permits an offender convicted of a crime in one state (sending state) to be supervised in another state (receiving state). Compact Offenders shall receive similar services as California parolees and shall be supervised in the same manner as a California parolee.

California is not required to accept all transfer requests. Legal residents of California, or offenders with family residing in California who can locate employment may be accepted for Compact supervision. Offenders who are not residents or do not have family residing in California must have a compelling circumstance to be accepted for Compact supervision.

Compact Offenders shall be supervised in a manner determined by the receiving state and consistent with the supervision of other similar offenders sentenced in the receiving state. . A Compact Offender shall be supervised with the same specifications according to the California Parole Supervision Reintegration Model (CPSRM); or if the Compact Offender is required to register per PC Section 290, according to the specifications of the Sex Offender Management Program (SOMP).

Compact Offenders Conditions of Parole

Compact Offenders are subject to supervision conditions of both the receiving and sending state. When the offender signs the “Offender’s Application for Interstate Transfer” ICAOS form and the case is accepted, it is understood under the Compact that the offender must obey rules of receiving state as well as rules of sending state. At the time of acceptance or during the term of supervision, the compact administrator or supervising authority in the receiving state may impose a special condition on a Compact Offender if that special condition would have been imposed on the offender if sentence had been imposed in the receiving state. Compact Offenders who violate the supervision conditions of either state, or who are a danger to others, themselves, or to property of others, shall be placed in custody under a California Interstate Parole Hold (PC Section 3056/11177.1).

If the offender does not report within five business days of the specified reporting instructions and California has received notice of the offender’s departure, the parole agent shall submit a “Notice of Arrival/Failure to Report” ICAOS form to DAPO, Interstate Compact Unit (ICU).

Violations/Sanctions

On July 1, 2013, Courts assumed responsibility for the adjudication of all parole violations, regardless of when the parolees committed the alleged violation, the date of the underlying crime, the nature of the underlying crime, or when they were sentenced to state prison.

Parolees will be subject to parole supervision by DAPO and the jurisdiction of the court in the county where the parolee is released or resides for the purpose of hearing petitions to revoke parole and imposed a term of custody. DAPO will continue to be responsible for supervision of persons placed on parole after July 1, 2013.

The role of the courts and CDCR/DAPO with respect to persons on parole after July 1, 2013

Revocation proceedings will no longer be administrative proceedings conducted by the Board of Parole Hearings (BPH).  Instead, parole revocation proceedings will be adversarial judicial proceedings conducted in the superior courts under PC Section 1203.2.

Parolees covered by the new procedures

  • Parolees released from state prison after serving a term whose prison sentence was deemed served under PC Section 2900.5 for the following crimes will be under the jurisdiction of the courts for purposes of adjudicating parole violations: (PC Section 3000.08(a))
    • Serious or violent felonies described in PC Sections 1192.7 (c) and 667.5 (c)
    • Crimes sentenced under PC Sections 667(e)(2) or 1170.1(c) – defendants sentenced as third strike offenders under the Three Strikes Law

Must CDCR/DAPO attempt to informally resolve parole violations before filing a formal petition in the courts?

After finding good cause that the parolee has violated a condition of parole, DAPO may add additional conditions of parole, including treatment and rehabilitation services, incentives, and “immediate, ….” (PC Section 3000.08 (d)). Furthermore, PC Section 3000.08(f) requires DAPO to determine that intermediate sanctions are not appropriate before filing a formal petition to revoke parole. Sometimes, as where a new felony offense has been charged or where the parolee has absconded, DAPO may make such a determination without exhausting intermediate sanctions.

When do courts become involved with a parole violation?

With the filing of a petition to revoke parole. If DAPO determines that intermediate sanctions are “not appropriate,” the agency may file a petition with the courts pursuant to PC Section 1203.2 for revocation of parole. It is filed in the superior court where parolee is being supervised (PC Section 3000.08 (f)).

Are parolees entitle to appointed counsel for a violation court hearing?

Violation proceedings are being conducted in accordance with PC Section 1203.2, parolees will be entitled to counsel, including, if necessary, appointed counsel. (See People v. Vickers (1972) 8 Cal.3d 451, 461) See also PC Section 3000.08 (f), which references parolees’ option of waiving the right to counsel.

Who may conduct the revocation hearings?

The courts, through a judge, magistrate, or qualified revocation hearing officer. PC Section 3000.08 states that the “court” must conduct revocation proceedings pursuant to PC Section 1203.2.  PC Section 1203.2 (f) clarifies that “court” means a “judge magistrate, or revocation hearing officer described in Section 71622.5 of the Government Code.”

The Legislature has clearly brought the parole revocation process under the umbrella of PC Section 1203.2 such that the standard should be a “reasonable time.” Because it is not clear whether Marsy’s Law will establish the time limit, prudent courts may wish to hold violation hearings within 45 days of the parolee’s arrest unless time is waived.

If parolees are found in violation of parole, what sanctions may courts impose?

  • Return the parolee to parole supervision with a modification, if appropriate, including, a period of incarceration in county jail up to 180 days for each revocation (PC Section 3000.08 (f)(1). For every two days of actual custody served, the parolee will receive a total of four days of credit under PC Section 4019 (a)(5).
  • Revoke parole and order the person to confinement in the county jail for up to 180 days (PC Section 3000.08 (f)(2)).  For every two days of actual custody served, the parolee will receive a total of four days of credit under PC Section 4019(a)(5).
  • Refer the parolee to a reentry court pursuant to PC Section 3015 or other evidence-based program in court’s decision (PC Section 3000.08 (f)(3)).
  • Place the parolee electronic monitoring as a condition of reinstatement on parole or as an intermediate sanction in lieu of returning the parolee to custody

Court proceedings adjudicating parole violations

Valdivia v. Schwarzenegger, No CIV S-94-0671 (Valdivia). In 2004, the parties to the action entered into an agreement whereby they agreed to the court’s entry of a consent decree granting plaintiffs a permanent injunction, including various procedural protections for parolees. Among them are:

  • The right to appointed counsel beginning when the parolee is offered a stipulated disposition
  • Not later than 48 hours after a parole hold, the parole agent must confer with their supervisor regarding probable cause to continue the hold
  • A probable cause hearing held within 10 business days after the parolee is served with the notice of change (by the third day after the placement of the hold)
  • A final revocation hearing within 35 calendar days of placement of the parole hold (in recognition of Marsy’s Law, the time limit for the hearing subsequently was changed to 45 days)

PC Section 3044(a), enacted by Marsy’s Law in 2008, designates the rights available to parolees subject to parole revocation proceedings. These rights include the following:

  • The right to a probable cause hearing no later than 15 days following arrest for the parole violation
  • The right to an evidentiary revocation hearing within 45 days following arrest for the parole violation.
  • The right to counsel on limited basis
  • The violation must be provided by a preponderance of the evidence by testimony, documentary evidence, or hearsay evidence offered by parole agents, peace officers, or a victim,” (PC Section 3044(a)(5))

Parole services available to the courts and parolees

Because DAPO is responsible for physical supervision of parolees, all supervision and treatment services will come through state parole and are available through the PU.

Court ordered treatment or supervision plans are based on a validated risk assessment tool and the Parole Violation Decision Making Instrument (PVDMI).

Reentry Court Program

The Reentry Court Program (RCP) is designed to divert parole violators from returning to prison by providing enhanced supervision and services through an array of community-based programs.  RCPs are adjudicated, administered, and overseen by the respective counties.  The program is expected to promote public safety, hold parolees accountable, and reduced recidivism. DAPO shall support the RCP by referring eligible program participants, as well as, assigning RCP parole agents to the various courts to participate as part of the RCP Team.

Eligible parolees with a history of substance abuse and mental illness, who violate their conditions of parole, to be referred to the RCP by CDCR staff.  Entry or denial into the program is at the discretion of the courts, subsequent to their review and disposition of individual cases.  Once admitted into the program, the courts assume exclusive authority over the parolee’s rehabilitation, supervisory and community oversight as related to RCP.

Grievance Process

If you feel that you are not being treated fairly by CDCR, DAPO staff or you have a complaint, there is a procedure in place to file a grievance and have your issue addressed. This process begins when you notify your parole agent that you want to file a grievance. Grievances are governed by time limits, so this should be done as soon as you see a problem starting. If your parole agent cannot help you with your problem, ask to speak with the unit supervisor. The complete policy on grievances is available from your parole agent or at one of our offices.

A complaint by an inmate or parolee under the Department’s jurisdiction shall be made on the CDCR Form 602, Inmate/Parolee Appeal under the appeal process outlined in the California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 15, Sections 3084 through 3084.7.

CDCR Form 602 – Inmate/Parolee Appeal Form

Inmates/parolees are afforded the right to appeal any action or decision made by the CDCR, DAPO. Pursuant to the Department Operations Manual (DOM) Section 54100.1, and the CCR, Title 15, Section 3084.3, appeals are monitored by the Appeals Coordinator in the Regional Parole Headquarters Office.

The appeal is submitted on a CDCR Form 602, and must be completed by the inmate/parolee. Upon completing Sections A and B, the parolee may submit the CDCR Form 602 directly to the parole agent or unit supervisor for an informal level response, or may submit it directly to the Appeals Coordinator.

Upon review by the Appeals Coordinator, it will be determined if the CDCR Form 602 is properly filed and within guidelines as outlined in the CCR, Title 15 and California PC.

If not, the CDCR Form 602 will be screened out on a CDCR Form 695, Inmate/Parolee Appeals Screening form and returned to the parolee with an explanation. If additional documents or information is requested by the Appeals Coordinator, the CDCR Form 602 may be resubmitted. If properly submitted, an answer/solution may be afforded or referred to the proper authority for a Level I or II response.  Refer to CCR, Title 15, Section 3084.5 for proper timeline requirements. 

An example of page 1 of CDCR Form 601, Inmate/Parolee Appeal
CDCR Form 601 Page 1
An example of page 2 of CDCR Form 601, Inmate/Parolee Appeal
CDCR Form 601 Page 2

CDCR Form 1824 – Reasonable Accommodation Request Form

Inmates/parolees with a disability may request an accommodation to access programs, services, activities or grieve alleged discrimination through the CDCR Form 1824, Reasonable Accommodation Request Form, appeal process. All answered CDCR Form 1824’s must be forwarded to the Appeals Coordinator of the institution were the parolee is housed or Regional Headquarters based on the issue and location of the parolee. If properly submitted, an answer/solution may be afforded by the Appeals Coordinator or referred to the proper authority for a Level I response. CDCR Form 1824s that do not meet the ADA criteria will be ‘screened out’ on a CDCR Form 695, or may be converted to a CDCR Form CDCR 602, if applicable.  All CDCR Form 1824s must be submitted to the Regional Appeals Coordinator immediately for the completed CDCR Form 1824 to be forwarded to the Division ADA Coordinator.  Refer to CCR, Title 15, Section 3084.5, for proper timeline requirements.

An example of CDCR Form 1824, Reasonable Accommodation Request
CDCR Form 1824

A person not under the jurisdiction of CDCR can file a Citizen’s Complaint

CDCR is committed to ensuring all departmental employees are courteous, ethical and professional in carrying out the Department’s mission. The Department shall investigate citizens’ complaints against employees to preserve the integrity and morale of the Department, foster public trust and confidence, and ensure accountability to the public. The investigations shall be thorough and impartial, with the intent of correcting or disciplining employees who engage in misconduct, identifying inadequate policies and training, and protecting employees who perform their duties properly from unwarranted criticism.

CDCR Form 2142, Citizen’s Complaint Against Employees of CDCR is available at any parole office or local regional office upon request.

YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE A COMPLAINT AGAINST A PEACE OFFICER FOR ANY IMPROPER PEACE OFFICER CONDUCT. CALIFORNIA LAW REQUIRES THIS AGENCY TO HAVE A PROCEDURE TO INVESTIGATE CITIZENS’ COMPLAINTS. YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO A WRITTEN DESCRIPTION OF THIS PROCEDURE. THIS AGENCY MAY FIND AFTER INVESTIGATION THAT THERE IS NOT ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO WARRANT ACTION

ON YOUR COMPLAINT; EVEN IF THAT IS THE CASE, YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE THE COMPLAINT AND HAVE IT INVESTIGATED IF YOU BELIEVE AN OFFICER BEHAVED IMPROPERLY. CITIZENS’ COMPLAINTS AND ANY REPORTS OR FINDINGS RELATING TO COMPLAINTS MUST BE RETAINED BY THIS AGENCY FOR AT LEAST FIVE YEARS.

An example of page 1 of CDCR Form 2142, Citizen's Complaint Against Employees of CDCR
CDCR Form 2142 Page 1
An example of page 1 of CDCR Form 2142, Citizen's Complaint Against Employees of CDCR
CDCR 2142 Page 2

Your complaint may be submitted to any supervisor or manager of the Department, or may be addressed to the Department’s Office of Internal Affairs at any of the Regional Offices indicated below.

Office of Internal Affairs

Northern Region
P.O. Box 3009
Sacramento, CA 95812 Suite 105
(916) 255-1301

Central Region
5100 Young Street
Building B, Suite 160A
Bakersfield, CA 93311
(661) 664-2054

Southern Region
9035 Haven Avenue, Suite 105
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
(909)483-1594

Earning Your Discharge From Parole

You may be recommended for discharge during the review period when case factors or other considerations support early discharge.

The factors to be considered are:

  • First termer with no prior convictions
  • Legally self-supporting or self-sufficient
  • Currently drug free
  • Stable residence
  • Effort to satisfy restitution obligations

Recommendation for early discharge if:

  • You are under other supervision [e.g., probation, federal probation, other prison system, Department of Mental Health (DMH) facility, or long-term drug treatment program]; or
  • Verifiable changes in physical abilities or health, which are rendered no longer a danger to society; or
  • Special circumstances (e.g., parolee’s life in danger, job offer in another country).

Discharge Review Process

Your parole agent will discuss with you the discharge review process. The following case factors shall be considered for discharge reviews and documented by all staff involved in the discharge review process:

  • Residence Stability
  • Employment Stability
  • Compliance with Conditions of Parole
  • Psychological Factors
  • Gang Validation
  • Criminal History
  • Restitution
  • Overall Parole Adjustment
  • Continuous Parole

Discharge Card

You can request your discharge card from the parole office approximately three months following your discharge date.

Conclusion and Final Thoughts

Understanding your parole is crucial to your success. When communicating with your parole agent, be honest and ask questions. Refer to this handbook as a starting guide towards your success on parole. Your parole agent and the APU are here to help you.