Convicted of a non-violent crime? Get help applying for early parole under Prop 57.
On November 8, 2016, California voters passed Proposition 57, a ballot initiative designed to promote rehabilitation by providing inmates with more incentives for education, career training, and good conduct. Under Prop 57, certain non-violent inmates who have shown they are not a danger to the public can now apply for early parole.
Who is Eligible for Early Release Under Prop 57?
Proposition 57 provides early release possibilities only for non-violent offenders. Since the California Penal Code does not specifically enumerate which offenses are considered “non-violent,” this is generally assumed to mean any offense that is not listed as a “violent felony” in California Penal Code section 667.5.
In addition, in order to be eligible for early release, inmates must have served the full term of any primary offense for which they were convicted. This means the longest term of imprisonment included in their sentence, excluding any sentencing enhancements or consecutive sentences.
However, inmates may earn credits by demonstrating good conduct, completing educational programs or career training programs, or participating in self-help groups. These credits can be used to shorten the full term of the primary offense so that the inmate can apply for early release sooner. The credits can also help support an inmate’s assertion that he or she is rehabilitated and deserving of early parole—a decision that is still up to the parole board to make on a case by case basis.
Need Help with a Petition for Early Release?
The California Board of Parole Hearings is still drafting rules and regulations for Prop 57 parole hearings. At Chambers Law Firm, we are keeping up with Prop 57 changes so we can help you understand your eligibility for early release based on the most recent interpretations of Prop 57. If you are eligible for early release, we can prepare your petition and ensure it includes all relevant information that will help the parole board reach a fair decision in your case.
Call us at 855-397-0210 now to learn more.