Expanding Credit Earning for People Eligible for Youth & Elderly Parole: AB 965 (Mark Stone)
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.
- Download the AB 965 Legislative Fact Sheet.
Visit the California Legislative Information page for AB 965 to follow this bill.
10/9/19 Update: AB 965 was signed by the Governor! In 2020, we will make sure this is implemented to give as many credits as possible and to make sure parole hearings happen as quickly as possible.
05/16/19 Update: AB 965 passed the Appropriations committee, but with significant amendments. Unfortunately, the bill was amended to exclude those eligible for elderly parole. Initiate Justice is committed to creating similar credit earning opportunities for people eligible for elderly parole.
The amended version of AB 965 will continue to allow people with Youth Offender Parole hearing dates to earn time off their earliest parole date and is headed to the Assembly floor for a vote.