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 incentivizes 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 nonviolent offenders who have served the full-term of the sentence for their primary offense and who demonstrate that their release to the community would not pose an unreasonable risk of violence to the community. 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 incarceration and transition to supervision.

On Friday, July 14, 2017, CDCR issued a Public Notice, which begins the public comment period for a minimum of 45 days. The public may submit comments regarding Proposition 57 through a variety of ways:

  • Written comments may be mailed at:
    • CDCR
      Regulation and Policy Management Branch
      P.O. Box 942883
      Sacramento, CA 94283-0001
  • Comments may be sent by FAX to:
    • (916) 324-6075, Attention: Chief, Regulation and Policy Management Branch
  • Comments may be e-mailed to:

The public may also attend the Public Hearing for Proposition 57. Time and place announced are included in the Notice of Change to Regulations.

Additional updates will be provided on this page. The regulations may also be viewed on the Regulations and Policy Management web page.