According to recent statements by the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation, the current statewide COVID-19 count (as of July 6, 2020) of incarcerated persons is 2,419 with currently over 500 active cases in CDCR employees.

Understanding how to get an expedited release from state prison is no easy task. Since the June 16th announcement by the CDCR of a Community Supervision Program , there has been little information to specifying exactly how eligible inmates are to apply for release.

Eligibility Criteria for Expedited Prison Release

Inmates who meet the following criteria may be eligible:

  • Non-violent Crimes – Must not be serving sentence for crimes of domestic violence or other violent crimes defined by law
  • Risk Assessment – Must not have California Static Risk Assessment score indicating a high risk for violence
  • Housing Plans – Must have housing plans identified before release
  • 180 or less Remaining Sentence – Inmate’s remaining sentence must be less than 180 days
  • COVID-19 Testing – Must submit to COVID-19 testing

Inmate Release Process & COVID Testing

Beyond meeting eligibility criteria, inmates must have a parole officer conduct a pre-release verification. The parole officer will then determine if he or she deems their housing plan as suitable, in which case the inmate’s release is granted or denied.

The CDCR has indicated that the “screening and releases will continue on a rolling basis until CDCR determines they are no longer necessary”.

Inmates being released from any CDCR institution will receive COVID-19 testing one week prior to release and screened for any symptoms.

Our firm is invested in the well being of our clients, whether they are currently in custody or out on bail. We will continue to follow the COVID prison system situation as it develops.