A lawsuit has been filed challenging new regulations issued by the CA Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) that implement Proposition 57. The lawsuit was filed in Sacramento Superior Court on June 25.
“In its new regulations, CDCR repeated its original mistake of excluding everyone convicted of a sex offense from the benefits of Proposition 57,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci. “As recognized by the Court in our first lawsuit, the agency lacks authority to change the public’s decision to provide the benefits of Proposition 57 to everyone convicted of a non-violent felony.”
The first lawsuit was filed in the same court on April 27, 2017. The Court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs on March 5, 2018, and granted plaintiffs’ request for a writ of mandate which required CDCR to modify its original regulations. CDCR subsequently filed a notice of appeal in that case on May 4, 2018.
“We will continue our efforts to protect the rights of individuals convicted of a sex offense who are currently incarcerated,” stated ACSOL President Chance Oberstein. “We cannot and will not allow CDCR to defeat the will of the people.”