To save six million dollars a year and reduce prison overcrowding, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation announced it will release non-violent female prisoners to allow them to regain custody of their children, and to receive transitional housing and other support services.
The CDRC admits the program discriminates against men and is unconstitutional, and although male felons can apply, their applications will apparently be summarily denied.
This policy assumes there are no non-violent male prisoners who can be a good parent if they regain custody of their children, and provided transitional housing and other support services.
During an interview with KCRA news, CDCR Spokesperson Dana Toyama, was asked why CDRC did not offer the program to fathers. Ms. Toyama replied, “that really wasn’t the aim. Female felons do tend to be the primary caregivers. We don’t see that high of a percentage with male inmates as we do with our female inmates. . . . We just don’t have the resources to offer this program to adult male inmates.”
The National Coalition for Men would like to hear from male non-violent prisoners, preferably first time offenders, who have a child with whom they have had an relationship prior to incarceration, and who were residents of San Diego County at the time of incarceration. NCFM would like to hear from friends and families of such male prisoners as well. Letters should contain sufficient information to describe the situation of the incarcerated person, and be mailed to the National Coalition For Men, PO Box 178011, San Diego, CA 92177 or emailed to ncfma ncfm.org (subsitute the “@” symbol for “at”).
Because of the anticipated volume of inquiries that we anticipate please understand that we may not be able to respond to yours. We are looking for very specific situations and will respond only to those that fit certain criteria.
NCFM intends to use some of the information from select letters to encourage the CDRC to end its discriminatory, sexist, and illegal action by including male prisoners in this early release program.