California Releases Non Violent Offenders – Females Only

September 28, 2011

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 (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.

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7 Responses to California Releases Non Violent Offenders – Females Only

  1. shawn on October 28, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    this is bullshit they say, they wont let men out because of resources. what resources you are letting people out no jailing them there are no resources needed to open and let people out that is why you are letting them go!

  2. Will_Wallace_LA on October 1, 2011 at 1:44 PM


    Jim Crow lives.

  3. DadOfOne on October 1, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    NOW does not care about 'equality', they care about women not getting special treatment. They are a 'female supremacist' organization.

  4. Sedulous on September 30, 2011 at 3:19 AM

    I wonder if NOW or any other feminist group will complain about the lack of equality here?

    Not holding my breath.

  5. CyclotronMajesty on September 29, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    Incredible. Blatant discrimination.

  6. LAinjustice on September 29, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    Check out what is going on in Los Angeles. Steve Ipsen is a deputy district atttorney running for DA in 2012 and he has your answer to solve this problem. It is called "Reform First". He is looking at the system from a different perspective then any of the other candidates and has your solution. He criticizes elected DA Steve Cooley for his policies of creating outrageous numbers of felons who commit nonviolent crimes. Once labeled a "felon" there are no jobs and no possibility of re-integration. He is white and says that what the policies in the LA DAs office are the problem and that to fix the problem felonizing every non violent crime has to stop. Steve Ipsen outlines his plan at

    "Reform First" – I am voting for Steve Ipsen for LA District Attorney in 2012. This guy gets it. He has the best idea that I have seen so far.

    If you want change, help get this guy elected. He won't continue Cooley's failed ways.

    • dcarter on October 23, 2011 at 10:04 PM

      I agree, I live in Georgia and I wish we had someone like Ispen running for the DA of our state. I don't vote, but I would if more politicians got it! I beleive issues such as these need to go national. I mean what about all those nonviolent offenders already deemed as felons. What about them? I mean, what a diference it would make for society as a whole if the rules pretainning to what is considered a felony would change nationwide. The federal rulings pretainning to the policy that makes a crime a felony needs to be changed. Policy change conceraning a felony crime needs to be implemented on a federal level. But it has to start somewhere. If I lived in California, I certainly would vote for a DA canidate that has this kind of insight to change that would make a profound difference as this.

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