CA Penal Code Section 3060.9


The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is hereby authorized to expand the use of parole programs or services to improve the rehabilitation of parolees, reduce recidivism, reduce prison overcrowding, and improve public safety through the following:


The use of intermediate sanctions for offenders who commit a violation of parole.


The use of parole programs or services, in addition to supervision, for any offender who is in need of services to reduce the parolee’s likelihood to reoffend.


For purposes of this section, the expansion of parole programs or services may include, but shall not be limited to, the following:




Electronic monitoring.


Halfway house services.


Home detention.


Intensive supervision.


Mandatory community service assignments.


Increased drug testing.


Participation in one or more components of the Preventing Parolee Crime Program pursuant to Section 3068.


Rehabilitation programs, such as substance abuse treatment.




As used in this section:


“Department” means the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.


“Parole authority” means the Board of Parole Hearings.


The department or the parole authority may assign the programs or services specified in subdivision (b) to offenders who meet the criteria of paragraph (1) or (2). This section shall not alter the existing discretion of the parole authority regarding the reporting by the department of parole violations or conditions of parole. In exercising its authority pursuant to paragraphs (2) and (3) of subdivision (e) and subdivision (f), the parole authority or the department in exercising its authority pursuant to paragraph (1) of subdivision (e) may determine an individual parolee’s eligibility for parole programs or services by considering the totality of the circumstances including, but not limited to, the instant violation offense, the history of parole adjustment, current commitment offense, the risk needs assessment of the offender, and prior criminal history, with public safety and offender accountability as primary considerations.


(1)Subject to the provisions of this section, the parole authority, in the absence of a new conviction and commitment of the parolee to the state prison under other provisions of law, may assign a parolee who violates a condition of his or her parole to parole programs or services in lieu of revocation of parole.


In addition to the alternatives provided in this section, the parole authority may, as an alternative to ordering a revoked parolee returned to custody, suspend the period of revocation pending the parolee’s successful completion of parole programs or services assigned by the parole authority.


The department shall not establish a special condition of parole, assigning a parolee to parole programs or services in lieu of initiating revocation proceedings, if the department reasonably believes that the violation of the condition of parole involves commission of a serious felony, as defined in subdivision (c) of Section 1192.7, or a violent felony, as defined in subdivision (c) of Section 667.5, or involves the control or use of a firearm.


A special condition of parole imposed pursuant to this section to participate in residential programs shall not be established without a hearing by the parole authority in accordance with Section 3068 and regulations of the parole authority. A special condition of parole providing an assignment to a parole program or service that does not consist of a residential component may be established without a hearing.


Expansion of parole programs or services pursuant to this section by the department is subject to the appropriation of funding for this purpose as provided in the Budget Act of 2007, and subsequent budget acts.


The department, in consultation with the Legislative Analyst’s Office, shall, contingent upon funding, conduct an evaluation regarding the effect of parole programs or services on public safety, parolee recidivism, and prison and parole costs and report the results to the Legislature three years after funding is provided pursuant to subdivision (g). Until that date, the department shall report annually to the Legislature, beginning January 1, 2009, regarding the status of the expansion of parole programs or services and the number of offenders assigned and participating in parole programs or services in the preceding fiscal year.
Last Updated

Aug. 19, 2023

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