11 April 2022

To the Public:

Please help stop the early release of prisoners!

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations (CDCR) is seeking to enact permanent emergency regulations, which would result in early release of thousands of violent offenders and “nonviolent second strikers.” 


What is a nonviolent crime? The California penal code only defines 23 crimes as “violent” per Penal Code section 667.5(c). According to Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert, “Domestic violence, rape of an unconscious person, exploding a bomb with the intention of hurting people ... The public rightly believes those crimes are violent, but under the penal code they are nonviolent.”


Here is a brief list of seemingly violent felonies that are not designated as such in the penal code:

• Rape by intoxication • Rape of an unconscious person • Human Trafficking involving sex act with minors • Drive‐by shooting • Assault with a deadly weapon • Hostage taking • Attempting to explode a bomb at a hospital or school • Domestic violence involving trauma • Supplying a firearm to a gang member • Hate crime causing physical injury • Failing to register as a sex offender • Arson • Discharging a firearm on school grounds • Lewd acts against a child 14 or 15 • False imprisonment of an elder through violence.


Credits for violent offenders rise from 20% to 33%.

Credits for nonviolent second strikers rise from 50% to 66%.

What this means is 33% to 66% of an inmate's sentence is reduced without the inmate participating in any sort of rehabilitation programs.


The CDCR is required to hold a public comment period on these rules. The public hearing will be held on April 14, 2022. The teleconference will be opened to the public beginning at 10:00 am.

Please participate:

  • Call 1-877-411-9748 (TTY/TDD Dial 711)
  • When prompted, enter participant code 6032676.


The purpose is to receive comments about the proposed regulations. It is not a forum to debate the regulations. No decision will be made at this hearing.  Comments will be limited to three minutes.

Please call in and voice your opinions on the early release of inmates.

This early release of “nonviolent” inmates is a slap in the face to victims who are still suffering and threatens the safety of our communities.



Dwayne R. Stewart

Glenn County District Attorney