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Old 12-11-2003, 12:36 AM
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Steep inmate decline slated
The Sac Bee
Budget cuts expected to reduce prison population by 15,000.
By John Hill -- Bee Capitol Bureau
Published 2:15 a.m. PST Thursday, November 13, 2003

California's prison population is expected to drop by 15,000 in the next year and a half as the result of budget-cutting measures that could lead to units or entire facilities being closed, the state Department of Corrections said Wednesday.That would represent a decrease of almost 10 percent, a significant reversal from years of steadily increasing numbers in the badly overcrowded prison system.

California prison system plans sweeping parole changes
SF Chronicle
Nov. 13, 2003
by Don Thompson

Spurred by budget pressures, the California Department of Corrections plans to overhaul the state's parole system in a way that could help produce 15,000 fewer inmates and as many as five fewer prisons by mid-2005.

** All parole violators returned to custody (PRTC) and parolees returned to custody pending revocation proceedings (PENDREV).

The following inmates are NOT ELIGIBLE:

** All NC and PWNT offenders whose credit is limited to 20 % (Credit code 3), 15% (Credit code 4 or 6) or zero credit (Credit code 5). In other words, any offender serving a DSL term that is NOT credit code


** Parole violators who have been deemed ineligible to receive worktime credit by the Board of Prison Terms (BPT).

** All inmates who are serving a Life Term (Credit codes 31-36), including Lifers with consecutive DSL terms that are credit code 1.


"Each mainline institution will be provided with a list from Offender Based Information System (OBIS) of inmates who are Credit Code 1. This list will be used for the initial entry in the Automated Release Date Tracking System (ARDTS). Once the eligible inmates are entered into ARDTS and a "Missing PC 2933 Eligibility" list shall be generated. The Correctional Case Records Analyst (CCRA) shall research the list to determine PC Section 2933 credit eligibility. The results shall be provided to staff at the ARDTS desk for entry into the system."

The following was posted to the Wasco Prison’s CCPOA website 11/05/03, but has since been removed due to incorrect and inflammatory information:

Many members have presented CCPOA with numerous questions concerning the Department of Corrections' new "Prisoner Early Release Program." In effort to reduce rumors and to keep CCPOA Members and our Brother and Sister Peace Officer apprised of important changes impacting Public Safety and our Working Conditions please take an opportunity to review the below most common questions and answers:

Q. Is the Department of Corrections implementing a "Prisoner Early Release Program?"

A: Yes; Director E. Alameida has eliminated inmates being required to earn "day for day" good time credits. When an inmate arrives in Prison, that inmate's half time credits
will be automatically calculated and will not change (unless that inmate is involved in a riot, fight or other misconduct issue). Currently, for an inmate to reduce his prison sentence by one (1) day, he must labor and work one (1) day. Under the new program, inmates have the ability to refuse to work; however, he will still collect the one-day reduction in his prison sentence. This will allow those inmates who do not want to work to be released early into our communities.

Q; What about those inmates who are not assigned prison job, how will they qualify for the automatic 50% reduction in their prison sentence?

A: The Department of Corrections plans to implement on December 1, 2003 what is equivalent to a correspondence or internet course for all inmates that qualify for a 50%sentence reduction but do not work prison jobs. Inmates will be given educational booklets and materials and asked to study in their prison cell without supervision. The department of Corrections has deemed this a Prison Job that qualifies inmates for the 50% sentence reduction. If an inmate refused to study, that inmate will still earn a 50% reduction in his prison sentence. The Department of Corrections has titled this program as "The Bridging Program." Think of it as a bridge form the confines of a prison out to our communities.

Q: How do these new programs allow for early releases of inmates?

A: Penal Code Section 2933 allows the Director of Corrections to grant good time credits to Inmates and release them early into our communities. The Department of Corrections has decided to automatically reduce each inmate's prison sentence by 50% or by one-half even if the inmate refuses to work or study.

Q: How come nobody in our communities know about this "Early Release Program?"

A: The information is slowly leaking out, however the primary reason is the Department of Corrections is using complex prison terminology that an ordinary citizen cannot interpret. The Department of Corrections is doing a good job at hiding the "Early Release Program" from the Public.

Q: How many inmates will be released into our communities early?

A: The Department of Corrections predicts in writing that 6,000 inmates can be released by the end of this year and another 9000 inmates by July 1, 2004.

Q: How come the Department of Corrections is not calling these programs an "Early Release Program?"

A: Because, it is not politically correct.

Q: How will this early release program affect our working conditions?

A: The CDC projects the early release of 15,000 inmates by July 2004. This will result in the elimination of positions. This will allow staff to fill vacant positions. This will reduce our workload and finally stop staff from being ordered to work involuntary 16-hour shifts.

Q: Is the Department of Corrections prohibiting violent offenders from participating in the "Early Release Program?"

A: Violent Criminal Offenders are required to have their sentence reduced by 50% under the new plan unless they are a lifer or in prison under the 3-strikes provisions.

Q. Does our new Governor know about this early release program and does he support such a risky plan?

A. That answer is unknown. Nevertheless, our out going Governor may have set a trap for the new Governor. As soon as one of these early released inmates commits a horrific crime, it will be on the Terminator's watch. Does this remind you of the problem a Presidential candidate had when as Governor he early released an inmate by the name of Willie Horton.


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Old 12-11-2003, 12:42 AM
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i found this on the calif State prison info. thought it needed to be shared! Debbie
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Default Early release?

Has anything new been updated on this subject in the last few months?

From what the officers have told the inmates in Lancaster, there will be NO early release.

When should the inmates be informed of the new release date?

A rumor has been circulating at Lancaster, that there is talk of them removing or reducing enhancement charges time. Has this been addressed or discussed? If so has anything been confirmed or denied?
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Old 02-10-2004, 01:57 AM
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It is all over the Board here at PTO. Please see the new one that ONEWAY started tonight! AS FOR REDUCING ENHANCEMENTS on CHARGES, this is NEW TO ME! Not sure if that can be done unless it is brought back to court?

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thanks for the info, it relieves me of some stress. very appreciative.
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so does anyone know if they are going to do the early release from california state prison i would like to know because my husband is in Mule Creek State Prison
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How about if my hubby is in Castaic waiting to be transferred to State Prison. He has 2 years minus 2 mos(previously served in LA county). And with the 50% early release that would be 10 mos, so is there a chance he may be released earlier than 10 months if he's working?

When in State Prison he would be in level 1.

Please advise, Thanks!
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Old 03-23-2008, 11:41 AM
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Folks, did you look at the dates listed in the original posting? It showed July 2004 as the target date. This is very old information.
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Originally Posted by BigShoulders
Folks, did you look at the dates listed in the original posting? It showed July 2004 as the target date. This is very old information.
No surprise there, CDC goes by a different clock than the rest of us folks.

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Just shows how long they've been throwing the political rhetoric.
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