On November 8, 2016, the voters of the State of California approved Proposition 57.
While Proposition 57 expands the authority of the California Department of Corrections (CDCR) to authorize parole, Proposition 57 contains no similar provisions concerning juveniles. However, CDCR already has broad authority to permit the early release of juvenile offenders.
If you have any questions about how Proposition 57 applies to a juvenile case, ask the attorney handling that case.
Proposition 57 makes some state prison inmates who were sentenced for a non-violent offense eligible for early parole consideration. That is parole consideration, but it does not guarantee early release.
Proposition 57 permits CDCR to provide people with additional time credits.
If a person is in-custody of a county jail for any reason, including a so-called "county prison sentence," Proposition 57 does not apply to that person's case.
The Fresno County courts are not involved in the Proposition 57 process. It will be handled within the California Department of Corrections (“CDCR”). The Public Defender will not be appointed to represent people in Proposition 57 proceedings.
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation provides additional information on Proposition 57.