Proposition 57

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Proposition 57 allows parole consideration for nonviolent felons, changes policies on juvenile prosecution, and authorizes sentence credits for rehabilitation, good behavior, and education.

Juvenile Cases

Proposition 57 allows juvenile court judges to determine whether or not juveniles aged fourteen and older should be prosecuted and sentenced as an adult, repealing California Proposition 21. Proposition 21 gave prosecutors the sole authority to decide whether to try a youth as a juvenile or adult. 

Adult Cases

Proposition 57 allows the parole board to release nonviolent prisoners once they have served the full sentence for their primary criminal offense.  Previously, prisoners were often required to serve extra time by a sentence enhancement, such as those for repeated offenders.  In addition, Proposition 57 permits the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to provide people with additional time credits which reward prisoners for good behavior by reduced sentences.  

Proposition 57 does not apply to inmates serving county jail or realignment sentences (also known as AB109).  Both the Fresno Superior Court and the Public Defender are not involved in the Proposition 57 process. This process is solely handled by the CDCR.   

For more information about this relief and how to apply see the CDCR's Proposition 57 webpage.