Peter Blair | July 24, 2016 | Sentencing
California uses a system for sentencing under the Determining Sentencing Law (DSL) when offenders have been arrested for a crime and must be sentenced to state prison. Have you been sentenced for a crime and wonder how the system works? You should know that California follows very stringent rules and regulations when determining sentencing guidelines, mandatory minimum sentences, and enhanced sentences depending on the crime. Through the use of these sentencing guidelines, judges can have help making special determinations. As judges know, all circumstances are different and all individuals have committed different crimes as such.
Some of the biggest questions about sentencing guidelines in California revolve around what happens after sentencing. If you are an offender who has been sentenced to a determinate sentence, then you could be serving in prison for a specified amount of time, such as seven years. However, after this specific time is up, then you may be released to a parole or probation officer. Before you think about this, you should understand what happens after sentencing and before you serve your time.
After the initial sentencing, you will be sent to a reception center for processing and transfer to an actual institution. At processing, they will speak to you about certain factors such as the length of your sentence, stability, education, employment, and any behavior that may be noted from a visit from a past institution. Based on your classification score, they will know exactly where to send you. You may be transferred at another time for other reasons, but this will give them an idea of where you will go next. It may not sound like the optimal situation, and this is because it’s not. Nobody wants to spend time incarcerated. However, there will be options for you. While in the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, educational and vocational programs will be made available to you. You may even receive a GED or certificate of completion. However, all of this depends on the individual’s good behavior as well.
Gov. Jerry Brown’s Proposal
Gov. Jerry Brown of California has signed a law mandating strict sentences for the most serious crimes in the past. However, recently he has taken the steps to ease its effect, proposing that inmates convicted of any nonviolent offenses be given a chance of early release. He has stated that, “When you’ve served fully the primary sentence, you can be considered for parole.” This recent change could literally affect thousands of inmates, especially those who have had nothing but good behavior for years in prison for their crimes. Many criminals have made optimal efforts to rehabilitate or participate in education programs, which Brown believes is taking the right strides in the right direction.
However, there are other reasons for the provision. Not only will it help improve the criminal justice system in the future and show an importance in rehabilitation, but it will also help lessen the prison population in general. These are problems that have been occurring for years and needed reform. Brown has stated on the release matter, “Its essence is to provide an incentive, both reward and punishment.”
If you have been arrested or convicted of a crime and need our help, you can give us a call to get started on your case. We will defend you in your time of need. Call The Law Office of Peter Blair today for more information.