Need assistance with releases from a CDCR institution or facility?
This website will provide information for County Probation staff who supervise offenders who have been released on PRCS from a CDCR institution.
The documents included in the Release Program Study (RPS) and Pre-Release Packet represent a brief history of the inmate from reception to release. They contain informational documents that specify the offender’s case factors, proposed residence, employment, institutional adjustment, supervision determination, reporting instructions, and any medical and mental health disabilities. The Pre-Release Packets are provided to better assist County Probation staff in managing the offender on probation.
The Pre-Release process begins at the institution with the inmate’s assigned Correctional Counselor, who documents the inmate’s release plans onto the RPS, and is concluded by Case Records Services staff, who compile the documents listed in the Pre-Release Checklist.
After Case Records staff has gathered all of the applicable documents needed to complete the Pre-Release Packet, staff will notify the counties of the offenders who are being discharged to PRCS via the Pre-Release Packet. The Pre-Release Packet will be electronically sent to the county identified on the RPS as the county of last legal residence. Case Records Services staff will call the county to confirm receipt.
How do I contact an Institution about an offender’s release?
You may contact the Institution Institution PRCS County Liaison List 11-15-2018 for questions regarding the following topics. The Institution PRCS Liaison is best equipped to handle questions or concerns regarding an inmate currently housed at the institution.
- Release Program Study
- CDCR Form 1515-CS, Notice and Conditions of PRCS and/or Special Conditions
- County of Last Legal Residence
- Pre- and Post-Release Packets
- Release Date Information/Calculation
- Inmate Property
- Notification of Change in Release Status
- Serious or Violent Felony challenges
- PC Section 3060.7 questions
- Sentence calculations
How do I reach the Division of Adult Institutions Headquarters office?
The Institution PRCS Liaison where the inmate is located is best equipped to provide real-time up to date information regarding an inmate housed in the institution. However, if there are unresolved issues, please contact the Division of Adult Institutions PRCS Liaison, Lourdes White, at Lourdes.firstname.lastname@example.org.
What if County Probation staff disagree with CDCR’s determination that an offender will be released to PRCS?
Statutory changes to PC sections 3000.08 and 3451 resulting from the passage of Senate Bill (SB) 76 on June 27, 2013, state that either agency (CDCR or County Probation) has up to 60 days to contest the supervision determination and both agencies must work together to determine the proper supervision for the offender.
The current supervising authority (DAPO or PRCS) must notify the proposed supervising authority (DAPO or PRCS) of any change in determination within 60 days of release from CDCR. The offender must also be notified of any change in supervising authority.
However, the law requires any person released from the CDCR to DAPO to remain on parole after having served 60 days on parole, regardless of a subsequent determination that the person should have been released to PRCS.
Likewise, the bill requires a person released to PRCS to remain on PRCS after having served 60 days on PRCS, regardless of a subsequent determination that the person should have been released to parole.
To contest the designation of an inmate as appropriate for PRCS supervision, please contact the Institution PRCS County Liaison List 11-15-2018.
What if the County Probation staff disagree with being identified as the County of Last Legal Residence?
To contest the identification of the County of Last Legal Residence, please contact the Institution PRCS County Liaison List 11-15-2018.
Who do I contact if I need educational records for a released offender?
Email requests for Educational Records or Transcripts to StudentRecords@cdcr.ca.gov.
- Please include in the email request the Date of Birth, CDCR number, and name of offender, and if known, the place where the offender received educational services.
How does CDCR assist offenders with obtaining a California Identification Card prior to release?
The Division of Rehabilitative Programs (DRP) provides this option for all eligible inmates; however, the inmate must volunteer and meet the criteria. Please click to learn more.