If you have ever been convicted of drug possession or petty theft (under $950) in the state of California, you may be eligible to have the conviction on your record changed from a felony to misdemeanor.
A recent change in California law (Proposition 47) reduced simple drug possession and petty theft (under $950) from felonies to misdemeanors with some limited exceptions. This change is retroactive, meaning most people previously convicted of any of these offenses can have them changed to misdemeanors on their record. Individuals can file a petition for a Prop 47 reclassification until November 2017. To file a petition, contact the San Diego Public Defender by phone at (619) 338-4700 or through their website and ask about Proposition 47.
For more information, please see this Frequently Asked Questions document.
Starting April 1, 2015, if you have a felony drug conviction, and you are complying with your probation or parole, or have completed probation or parole, you may be eligible for CalFresh and/or CalWORKs! New rules will go into effect April 1st that lift a previous ban on benefits and increase access to benefits to individuals with previous drug-related felonies. If you or anyone in your home has been affected by this ban, you can apply as early as March 1st to receive benefits April 1st. To learn more and/or to take advantage of this resource, please click here for CalFresh (English and Spanish) and here for CalWORKs, contact 2-1-1 San Diego.
When individuals are released from local jail or state prison, they are faced with the task of finding resources with limited guidance and immediate needs. Many of these men and women re-entering our community from incarceration struggle with substance abuse, mental and physical health issues, unstable housing situations, legal problems, and social stigma that can make it even more difficult to find stability.
We are fortunate in San Diego County to have resources available to help and support formerly incarcerated individuals during their transition. With so many resources available, navigating these systems can be overwhelming. The San Diego County District Attorney's office, San Diego County Sheriff's Department, San Diego County Probation Department, San Diego Re-entry Roundtable and 2-1-1 San Diego partnered together to improve access to the re-entry resources in San Diego County.
It has been proven that the first 72 hours post-release from prison or jail is a critical time in which connections to an individual's most crucial needs must be met in order to ensure their long term success, safety and stability. Keeping this in mind, it is recommended that when building a stabilization plan the top three resources are clearly identified as immediate needs.
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