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Sac DA's Office on Public Hearing on CDCR’s Permanent Early Prison Release

Listen: Chief Deputy Rod Norgaard from the Sacramento District Attorney's Office.

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The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is seeking to make permanent their emergency early release regulations, which greatly reduces the time that violent felons have to serve in prison. 


In April of 2021, CDCR implemented emergency regulations that allow “violent” felons to earn up to 33% off their sentence – that’s up from current state law that only allows inmates to earn 15% off their sentence. The emergency regulations also allow inmates who got sentenced for a non-violent felony under the Three Strikes law to earn 66% off their sentence – that’s an increase from current state law that only allows for inmates to earn a maximum of 20% off their sentence.


This Administration has accelerated early release credits so that career criminals are only serving a fraction of their time in prison.


If you would like to submit a comment on this proposed regulation, please email or mail to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), Regulation and Policy Management Branch (RPMB), P.O. Box 942883, Sacramento, CA 94283-0001. Written comments must be received or postmarked no later than April 13, 2022. All written comments must include the rule number, NCR 22-03, OAL Notice File No. Z2022-0215-10. The public comment period ends on April 13, 2022.


The public hearing held on April 14, 2022 and will be open to the public via teleconference at 10:00AM. If you would like to participate in the hearing, call in information is listed below.

Call 1-877-411-9748 (TTY/TDD: Dial 711).

When prompted, enter participant code 6032676

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