Expanding Credit Earning for People Eligible for Youth Parole (AB 965)

Assembly Bill 965 (Authored by Assemblymember Mark Stone). This bill expands credit earning for people eligible for youth offender parole. Under Proposition 57, credit-earning opportunities were created for people positively participating in educational and vocational programs, participating in leisure time activity groups, and for Good Time. These credit earning opportunities have allowed many people the opportunity to advance their release date, but these credits were not applied to the earliest possible parole hearing dates for people eligible for Youth Offender Parole. Now these people have the opportunity to move their parole dates forward based on participation in programming and achievements made inside.

Co-Sponsors of AB 965 include: Initiate Justice, Anti-Recidivism Coalition, Californians for a Responsible Budget, and National Center for Youth Law.

Status

This bill was passed by the CA Legislature in 2019 and will be implemented starting Jan 1, 2022. CDCR will release Regulations that will explain how they plan to implement the bill in late 2021.