CDCR’s Adult Parole Operations Division (DAPO) has partnered with various government agencies, nonprofits, and rehabilitation organizations to encourage voter registration of parolees. .
In 2020, California voters passed Proposition 17 which enshrines in the state constitution the right to vote for those on parole for felony convictions.
Since then, the CDCR has organized voter registration events, provided materials and included information on CDCR public site.
“Those on parole have been granted civic voting rights, we feel it is important for us to educate them about this newfound freedom,” said Carey Haidl, CDCR’s Deputy Chief DAPO Regional Administrator. “We thank all of our community organizations for all their support and enthusiasm for this initiative.
Some of the partner organizations include the League of Women Voters of California, LA Free the Vote, the Sacramento County Office of Education, and community organization stalwarts who have all helped deliver voter registration through the sensitization during various events in the community and within the framework of parole. desks.
Most recently, on October 20, CDCR DAPO Northern Region Capitol District in partnership with the Sacramento Community-Based Coalition and the Sacramento County Office of Education held a Community Reintegration Fair in Mather for those released from prison. The fair offered registration to vote as well as entertainment, activities, food and drawing.
Michele Dalby, 50, smiled as she put the ‘I registered to vote today’ sticker on her t-shirt.
“I never voted, I never registered,” Dalby said.
Dalby’s voting milestone was helped by two Sacramento County Education Office workers who connect formerly incarcerated people with resources. They were smiling too.
“I’m so excited to do this,” said transition specialist Evelyn Fonseca. “It’s important that people here register and use their vote. It helps them to be part of the community.
DAPO gets the vote
DAPO has implemented voter education and registration at all state parole offices, with the first event taking place on July 7, 2022 at the Alameda Parole Complex. Organizations have continued to move into the Alameda office weekly and will continue to do so until the fall elections.
On August 2, the Chula Vista parole office held a successful voter registration event. Volunteers from the League of Women Voters in San Diego registered several people on the spot. They also gave voter registration information to others.
“Californians impacted by the criminal justice system are underrepresented in our democracy. (They) urgently need voter registration services in order to have a civic voice. CDCR provided important access to grassroots groups to register these new voters,” said Stephanie Doute, executive director of the League of Women Voters of California. “We believe that a critical next step is to expand CDCR’s impact by integrating voter registration into its routine processes through the designation of DAPO as the permanent national registration law agency. voters.”
In addition, the DRP has approved voter registration desks at all day registration centers. These events took place in various centers in the state. DRP is also airing a public service announcement (PSA) about the vote registration on the incarcerated television network across the state. The PSA provides information on:
- changes from Proposition 17
- how can a person register to vote
- and registration deadlines before each election day.
Story by Dana Simas, press officer
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