Proposed Prison Program Would Set Thousands Of Women Free


SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — California women who have children and are serving prison time for non-violent crimes could be set free in a few months.

Under the California Department of Corrections’ “Alternative Custody Program,” thousands of woman could be released from incarceration – an estimated 45 percent of the 10,000 woman imprisoned in the state.

The goal would be “to bring incarcerated mothers back with their families,” said CDCR spokeswoman Dana Toyama.

The program is expected to save the state $6 million a year.

Inmates must be pregnant or the primary caregiver of their child, have 24 months or less left to go of their sentence and volunteer for the program.

They can’t have a history of violent felonies or sex offense convictions, escaped custody in the last decade, have an active restraining order or be involved in gangs. The CDCR says it will consider inmates with a history of being abused as a child.

“We’re not talking murderers, we’re not talking sex offenders,” Toyama said. “We’re talking drug and property offenders — misdemeanor types.”

CDCR says the women will be monitored by GPS devises until the end of their sentences. They’ll either go back home to their kids or to a transitional home.

Still , not everyone agrees.

“I just don’t feel like any of the families here should go through that kind of a risk,” said Ron Henegar, who lives near a transitional home in Fair Oaks.

The inmates could be released in just a couple months — in time to be home for the holidays:

Francine Valdivia, who has been staying in a Fair Oaks clean and sober home, said “it’s like I have another family here.. My whole life has changed.”

She said the motivation to stay clean is clear.

“Stay on track because you don’t want to go back, you know, and you may not get another chance.”

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  1. VERONICA says:

    AND WHO IS GOING TO PAY FOR THE GPS.AND WHAT IF THE KIDS HAVE BEEN TAKEN AWAY..IF THESE WOMEN KEEP GOING IN AND OUT OF PRISON THEN MAYBE SURGERY TO KEEP THEM FROM HAVING ANY MORE CHILDREN WOULD BE THE VERY BEST THING TO DO THEN LET THEM OUT..

    1. MAC49 says:

      To a lot more women than just the ones who have been in prison or that are now in prison. Sterilize women that do not care for their children and who do not deserve them, those babies deserve more than to come into a life of neglect and abuse. And you can be assured we, the tax payers will be paying for them and giving them a welfare check for them and their children. We’re still supporting them but now they are free to roam your neighborhoods. Just costing the tax payers less money.. And how long before they return and what do their children live threw if given back to them. Its either give them back so they can draw welfare or put them on disability for life, after all they are now disabilied, unable to hold down a job. SICK society!

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