California may send thousands of female prisoners home
Male prisoners are housed in a gymnasium in California's Chino State Prison last December. The state is under federal order to reduce prison crowding.
September 13th, 2011
12:23 PM ET

California may send thousands of female prisoners home

Thousands of women inmates from California prisons could soon be released to be reunited with their families under a program the state began implementing on Monday.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said offenders whose crimes were nonviolent, nonserious and not sexual, with less than two years remaining on their sentences, are eligible for the Alternative Custody Program, which was signed into law in 2010 by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

“Approximately two-thirds of CDCR’s female inmates are mothers whose children are either with relatives or are in foster care,” CDCR Secretary Matthew Cate said in a press release. “ACP is a step in breaking the intergenerational cycle of incarceration, as family involvement is one of the biggest indicators of an inmate’s rehabilitation.”

About 45% of the state's 10,000 female inmates may be eligible for the program, the CDCR said. It may be made available to male inmates in the future, the department said.

Those admitted to the program will wear electronic monitors and be supervised by a parole agent, the CDCR said. They can serve their remaining time at home or in a residential substance-abuse or transitional-care facility, according to the agency.

The prisoners will be allowed to find jobs or attend classes during their release, the department said.

The state of California should save about $6 million a year under the program, the CDCR estimated.

California is under federal pressure to reduce inmate populations. The Supreme Court this summer upheld a lower court ruling that medical and mental health care for inmates in the state prison system falls below the level required by the Constitution.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law in April a plan to reduce prison crowding by moving 33,000 low-level offenders to county jails. But the state is cash-strapped, and funding for that plan, estimated at $460 million in the first year, must be approved by voters in November.

California has the nation's largest prison system.

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  1. Jennifer

    Wow you're an idiot! Pot smokers are calm..hellooooo, ever watch Cheech and Chong? They were happy-go-lucky guys! Lethal injection, you really showed your intelligence there!

    September 13, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jessica

      Right, the only time I have seen a violent pot head is when they are also drinking alcohol.

      September 14, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Giovanni Jones

      I won't drink to that,but I will smoke.

      September 14, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. S

    potheads are way too lazy to be violent, that would require effort.

    September 13, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • gotthumbs

      Sure, I'ts just when they have no money to buy their pot that they can rummage around your house to find something to sell. Since there also too lazy to get a job to pay for their drugs. As long as they don't leave California, I couldn't care less. Reap what you sow softies.

      September 14, 2011 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  3. CORA

    These are some evil ladies. They were put in jail for a reason. They did the crime so now they need to do the time. Im just saying we should give them a choice. Serve their time plus 20 percent more or take a lethal injection. Many of these so called ladies are pot heads. They smoked marijuana. They say once someone does that it messes with their brain chemicals. They might all become Casey Anthonys.

    September 13, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      Are you retarded?

      September 13, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sunny

      That was a rhetoric question, right?

      September 13, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jennifer

      Wow sweetie, you really need to shut up while you're ahead. I know many professionals who smoke pot and they aren't like the Anthony's! Really, read up before you speak. Pot use does not lead to other drugs. In fact, if we were to legalize it I guarantee it would really stimulate the economy.

      So, again, please shut your pie hole, you're just making yourself look like an ass.

      September 13, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      Wow Cora you must be from another planet.

      September 13, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • elfi

      Cora, you must have voted for Obama.
      Are you seriously that stupid?
      I sure hope they take away your drivers license.

      September 13, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Alex

    You are dumb 😦

    September 13, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mr President

    If you people would just legalize pot, my boys would not arrest you. You could be on the streets and collect the 2 years of unemployment welfare checks I want to give to you. Remember vote Democratic! Vote for Nancy P. We need your support. Excuss me, i have to go twist one.

    September 13, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe Unionworker

      Go for it Mr President. We support you. United we are strong, pass it to me.

      September 13, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Frank

    Pelase don't feed the troll.

    September 13, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. LDS

    I agree with Cora. Only dopes smoke dope. Mitt Romney is a good Mormon. He is going to clean this mess up. Him or Perry are going to put the dopers behind bars.

    September 13, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sunny

      Mormons are born idiots.

      September 13, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • EdNv

      and who is going to pay for that - and how is that 'less' government - and who supports a man who believes that the only way a woman can get into Heaven is if her husband calls her "Temple" name? "Good Mormon" yikes!

      September 13, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • victor

      HAHAHHA... nice one... i am assuming that was satire?

      Only in America can any 'religion' so retarded exist! Put all the LDS's in prison as well as all L Ron Hubbard's fanatical schmucks.

      September 13, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Giovanni Jones

      I you drink,you are a drug user(doper),even though it is legal.So don't think otherwise-with a drink in your hand.

      September 14, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jess

    Wow... I am truly hoping that your comment was just to see if you could get a rise out of a bunch of folks... if so... nice job. If not, and you are really that much of a mental midget, I am surprised that you found the ability to log on and type a comment. What an a&& hat.

    September 13, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Barney

    Bravo CORA. It is amazing that someone as patently stupid as you were able to string together enough words to make five coherent sentences. I suspect you had help.

    September 13, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jennifer

      LOL Now I wish CNN had alike" button!!!

      September 13, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sunny

      We should start exporting stupidity, afterall that's what we have in abundance!

      September 13, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bob

    Wow that one sailed over all of your heads.

    September 13, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jean

    I am so happy for this decision

    we have too many people in prison they have nothing to do there. You should treat murderer like people who did not poay their bills

    I love this decision...good job beautiful

    September 13, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • elfi

      You can't be serious

      September 13, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tea Party Express

    Charlie Sheen will find a job for all of them.

    Plus, all those worthless females will be off the government tax rolls.

    September 13, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • zrxgrim

      Really? They will all pop out into above poverty level jobs just waiting for them oooor they'll transition from 3 hots and a cot in prison to state funded subsistence while they return to whatever lives and means they had before hand legal or illegal... Seems like a recipe for re-offense to me.

      September 13, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    Um...other non-violent crimes include prosties, check-kiting, embezzling, and conversion.
    Not every non-violent crime has to do with drugs, ya know....

    September 13, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. DHarri

    I'd like to see the real value in terms of savings which is the driver of this program given this States present economic status. If they are confined to their homes they most likely will receive Government subsidies as with the costs involved with monitoring while referencing both the ankle bracelets and the probation officer's salaries. How many are in the country legally or is that a bigger problem in the male prisons? Given the current economic climates if some were able to work where would the jobs come from and how would hire people just out of jail?

    September 13, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • DemFL

      Send the illegals home, and put these people out doing the work the illegals were doing in the fields etc. What happened to the good old days when we had jail workers in the fields?? Bring them back!

      September 13, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amy

      Hate to say it, but welfare is significantly cheaper than housing an inmate for one year.

      September 13, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • BRB San Deigo

      It costs much more annually to support an inmate ~$40,000 than it does to provide assistance to someone out of jail. The math is pretty easy. Most of these women were busted while involved with drugs and connected to a male addict/dealer. Most have no chance of working; most have children with relatives or child services. Give these women assistance to raise their own children – show a little humanity and cost effectiveness.

      September 13, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. good timing

    Parole by any other name is still parole.

    Glad I'm moving out of California in 2 weeks.

    September 13, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
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