AB 965 allows people to earn credits from their Youth Offender Parole Date, if that date is sooner than their original parole eligibility date. 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.
AB 965 was introduced by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay), and sponsored by Initiate Justice, Anti-Recidivism Coalition, Californians for a Responsible Budget, and National Center for Youth Law.
This bill was passed by the CA Legislature last year (2019) and we are currently awaiting the Regulations Process. CDCR has the discretion to decide when the Regulations Process opens, so we are standby until we can move forward. During the regulations process, the public will be able to provide comments on the propose regulations.