Alternative Custody Program (2015)

The Alternative Custody Program was expanded in 2015 to allow certain incarcerated women to serve the remainder of their sentences in approved facilities in their community to reunite families and keep children out of the foster care system. By connecting incarcerated women to vital services, such as substance abuse programs, housing, and employment opportunities, the program encourages economic, emotional, and familial security to help end the cycle of incarceration. CWLC was an advocate for California Senate Bill 219, which was signed into law in 2015. This bill will provide a durable solution to California’s prison crisis and improves families’ lives by helping ensure all eligible state-incarcerated women can participate in the program.


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