The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) has released its proposed implementation of Proposition 57: The Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act. Now the general public has until 5pm on September 1, 2017, to comment. There will also be a public hearing on September 1, 2017, from 9am-noon in Sacramento.
Proposition 57 is restorative justice at work. The law can stop the revolving door of crime by
- rewarding rehabilitation with the possibility of earlier release
- protecting and enhancing public safety
- preventing the likelihood of indiscriminate release of prisoners by a federal court
- reducing wasteful spending on prisons
The California Catholic Conference (CCC) will be advocating for access to rehabilitation programming and space to create that programming, encouraging credits for programs that include crime survivors, and awarding credits for inmates who participate in religious programs.