Proposition 57, The Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2016


Last November, California voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition 57 (64% to 35%) to enhance public safety, stop the revolving door of crime by emphasizing rehabilitation, and prevent federal courts from indiscriminately releasing inmates.

Under Proposition 57, CDCR will incentivize inmates to take responsibility for their own rehabilitation with credit-earning opportunities for sustained good behavior, as well as in-prison program and activities participation. Proposition 57 also moves up parole consideration of those non-violent felons who have served the full term of the sentence for their primary offense and who demonstrate that they should no longer be considered a current threat to public safety. These changes will lead to improved inmate behavior and a safer prison environment for inmates and staff alike, and give inmates skills and tools to be more productive members of society once they complete their sentence and are released.

The Office of Administrative Law (OAL) approved CDCR’s Prop. 57 emergency regulations on April 13, 2017. CDCR will publish a Public Notice in the near term, which will begin a public comment period of a minimum of 45 days. Updates will be provided on this page and the Regulations and Policy Management web page.