Restrictions for Felons: California

Review the restrictions for felons in each of the federal districts and the sex offender restrictions for the state of California.

California by Federal District: Northern, Eastern, Central, and Southern

Learn more about the restrictions for federal defendants in your district. 

Below you will find information on standard conditions of supervision, travel restrictions, and compliance contracts for differing offenses.

Always follow the conditions and restrictions given to you by your U.S. Probation Officer.

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Northern District

Eastern District

Central District

Southern District

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Northern District of California

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Mandatory Conditions of Supervision

  1. You must not commit another federal, state or local crime.
  2. You must not unlawfully possess a controlled substance.
  3. You must refrain from any unlawful use of a controlled substance. You must submit to one drug test within 15 days of release from imprisonment and at least two periodic drug tests thereafter, as determined by the court.          □ The above drug testing condition is suspended, based on the court’s determination that you pose a low risk of future substance abuse. (check if applicable)
  4. □ You must make restitution in accordance with 18 U.S.C. §§ 3663 and 3663A or any other statute authorizing a sentence of restitution. (check if applicable)
  5. □ You must cooperate in the collection of DNA as directed by the probation officer. (check if applicable)
  6. □ You must comply with the requirements of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (34 U.S.C. § 20901, et seq.) as directed by the probation officer, the Bureau of Prisons, or any state sex offender registration agency in which you reside, work, are a student, or were convicted of a qualifying offense. (check if applicable)
  7. □ You must participate in an approved program for domestic violence. (check if applicable)

Standard Conditions of Supervision

As part of your supervised release, you must comply with the following standard conditions of supervision. These conditions are imposed because they establish the basic expectations for your behavior while on supervision and identify the minimum tools needed by probation officers to keep informed, report to the court, and bring about improvements in your conduct and condition.

  1. You must report to the probation office in the federal judicial district where you are authorized to reside within 72 hours of RELEASE, unless the probation officer instructs you to report to a different probation office or within a different time frame.
  2. After initially reporting to the probation office, you will receive instructions from the court or the probation officer about how and when you must report to the probation officer, and you must report to the probation officer as instructed.
  3. You must not knowingly leave the federal judicial district where you are authorized to reside without first getting permission from the court or the probation officer.
  4. You must follow the instructions of the probation officer related to the conditions of supervision.
  5. You must answer truthfully the questions asked by your probation officer.
  6. You must live at a place approved by the probation officer. If you plan to change where you live or anything about your living arrangements (such as the people you live with, for example), you must notify the probation officer at least 10 days before the change. If notifying the probation officer in advance is not possible due to unanticipated circumstances, you must notify the probation officer within 72 hours of becoming aware of a change or expected change.
  7. You must allow the probation officer to visit you at any time at your home or elsewhere, and you must permit the probation officer to take any items prohibited by these and the special conditions of your supervision that he or she observes in plain view.
  8. You must work at least part-time (defined as 20 hours per week) at a lawful type of employment unless excused from doing so by the probation officer for schooling, training, community service or other acceptable activities. If you plan to change where you work or anything about your work (such as your position or your job responsibilities), you must notify the probation officer at least 10 days before the change. If notifying the probation officer at least 10 days in advance is not possible due to unanticipated circumstances, you must notify the probation officer within 72 hours of becoming aware of a change or expected change.
  9. You must not communicate or interact with someone you know is engaged in criminal activity. You must not associate, communicate, or interact with any person you know has been convicted of a felony, unless granted permission to do so by the probation officer.
  10. If you are arrested or questioned by a law enforcement officer, you must notify the probation officer within 72 hours.
  11. You must not act or make any agreement with a law enforcement agency to act as a confidential human source or informant without first getting the permission of the court.
  12. You must not own, possess, or have access to a firearm, ammunition, destructive device, or dangerous weapon (i.e., anything that was designed, or was modified for, the specific purpose of causing bodily injury or death to another person such as nunchakus or tasers).

□ If the probation officer determines that you pose a risk to a third party, the probation officer may require you to notify the
person about the risk and you must comply with that instruction. The probation officer may contact the person and confirm
that you have notified the person about the risk. (check if applicable)

Travel Restrictions

The Northern District of California is comprised of 15 counties. You are allowed to travel freely within these 15 counties. Unless you are given permission in advance by the judge in your case, any requests to travel outside of these 15 counties must be approved in advance by your U.S. Probation Officer.

Failure to do so may result in a violation of your supervision.

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Eastern District of California

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Standard Conditions of Supervision

  1. The defendant shall not leave the judicial district without the permission of the court or probation officer.
  2. The defendant shall report to the probation officer in a manner and frequency directed by the court or probation officer.
  3. The defendant shall answer truthfully all inquiries by the probation officer and follow the instructions of the probation officer.
  4. The defendant shall support his or her dependents and meet other family responsibilities.
  5. The defendant shall work regularly at a lawful occupation unless excused by the probation officer for schooling, training, or other acceptable reasons.
  6. The defendant shall notify the probation officer at least ten days prior to any change in residence or employment.
  7. The defendant shall refrain from excessive use of alcohol and shall not purchase, possess, use, distribute, or administer any controlled substance or any paraphernalia related to any controlled substance, except as prescribed by a physician.
  8. The defendant shall not frequent places where controlled substances are illegally sold, used, distributed, or administered.
  9. The defendant shall not associate with any persons engaged in criminal activity and shall not associate with any person convicted of a felony, unless granted permission to do so by the probation officer.
  10. The defendant shall permit a probation officer to visit him or her at any time at home or elsewhere and shall permit confiscation of any contraband observed in plain view of the probation officer.
  11. The defendant shall notify the probation officer within 72 hours of being arrested or questioned by a law enforcement officer.
  12. The defendant shall not enter into any agreement to act as an informer or a special agent of a law enforcement agency without the permission of the court.
  13. As directed by the probation officer, the defendant shall notify third parties of risks due to the defendant’s criminal record or personal history or characteristics and shall permit the probation officer to make such notifications and to the defendant’s compliance with such notification requirement.

Travel Restrictions

The Eastern District of California is comprised of 34 counties. You are allowed to travel freely within these 34 counties. Unless you are given permission in advance by the judge in your case, any requests to travel outside of these 34 counties must be approved in advance by your U.S. Probation Officer.

Failure to do so may result in a violation of your supervision.

Central District of California

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Standard Conditions of Supervision

  1. The defendant must not commit another federal, state, or local crime.
  2. The defendant must report to the probation office in the federal judicial district of residence within 72 hours imposition of a sentence of probation or release from imprisonment, unless otherwise directed by the probation officer.
  3. The defendant must report to the probation office as instructed by the court or probation officer.
  4. The defendant must not knowingly leave the judicial district without first receiving the permission of the court or probation officer.
  5. The defendant must answer truthfully the inquiries of the probation officer, unless legitimately asserting his or her fifth amendment right against self-incrimination as to new criminal conduct.
  6. The defendant must reside at a location approved by the probation officer and must notify the probation officer at lease 10 days before any anticipated change or within 72 hours of an unanticipated change in resident or persons living in defendant’s residence.
  7. The defendant must permit the probation officer to contact him or her at any time at home or elsewhere and must permit confiscation of any contraband prohibited by law the terms of supervision and observed in plain view by the probation officer.
  8. The defendant must work at a lawful occupation unless excused by the probation officer for schooling, training, or other acceptable reasons and must notify the probation officer at least ten days before any change in employment or within 72 hours of an unanticipated change.
  9. The defendant must not knowingly associate with any persons engaged in criminal activity and must not knowingly associate with any person convicted of a felony unless granted permission to do so by the probation officer. This condition will not apply to intimate family members, unless the court has completed an individualized review and has determined that the restriction is necessary for protection of the community or rehabilitation.
  10. The defendant must refrain from excessive use of alcohol and must not purchase, possess, use, distribute, or administer any narcotic or other controlled substance, or any paraphernalia related to such substances, except as prescribed by a physician.
  11. The defendant must notify the probation officer within 72 hours of being arrested or questioned by a law enforcement officer.
  12. For felony cases, the defendant must not possess a firearm, ammunition, destructive device, or any other dangerous weapon.
  13. The defendant must not act or enter into any agreement with a law enforcement agency to act as an informant or source without the permission of the court.
  14. As directed by the probation officer, the defendant must notify specific persons and organizations of specific risks posed by the defendant to those persons and organizations and must permit the probation officer to confirm the defendant’s compliance with such requirement and to make such notifications.
  15. The defendant must follow the instructions of the probation officer to implement the orders of the court, afford adequate deterrence from criminal conduct, protect the public from further crimes of the defendant; and provide the defendant with needed educational or vocational training, medical care, or other correctional treatment in the most effective manner.

Travel Restrictions

The Central District of California is comprised of 7 counties. You are allowed to travel freely within these 7 counties. Unless you are given permission in advance by the judge in your case, any requests to travel outside of these 7 counties must be approved in advance by your U.S. Probation Officer.

Failure to do so may result in a violation of your supervision.

Southern District of California

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Standard Conditions of Supervision

  1. The defendant shall not leave the judicial district without the permission of the court or probation officer.
  2. The defendant shall report to the probation officer in a manner and frequency directed by the court or probation officer.
  3. The defendant shall answer truthfully all inquiries by the probation officer and follow the instructions of the probation officer.
  4. The defendant shall support his or her dependents and meet other family responsibilities.
  5. The defendant shall work regularly at a lawful occupation unless excused by the probation officer for schooling, training, or other acceptable reasons.
  6. The defendant shall notify the probation officer at least ten days prior to any change in residence or employment.
  7. The defendant shall refrain from excessive use of alcohol and shall not purchase, possess, use, distribute, or administer any controlled substance or any paraphernalia related to any controlled substance, except as prescribed by a physician.
  8. The defendant shall not frequent places where controlled substances are illegally sold, used, distributed, or administered.
  9. The defendant shall not associate with any persons engaged in criminal activity and shall not associate with any person convicted of a felony, unless granted permission to do so by the probation officer.
  10. The defendant shall permit a probation officer to visit him or her at any time at home or elsewhere and shall permit confiscation of any contraband observed in plain view of the probation officer.
  11. The defendant shall notify the probation officer within 72 hours of being arrested or questioned by a law enforcement officer.
  12. The defendant shall not enter into any agreement to act as an informer or a special agent of a law enforcement agency without the permission of the court.
  13. As directed by the probation officer, the defendant shall notify third parties of risks due to the defendant’s criminal record or personal history or characteristics and shall permit the probation officer to make such notifications and to the defendant’s compliance with such notification requirement.

Travel Restrictions

The Southern District of California is comprised of San Diego and Imperial counties. You are allowed to travel freely within these counties. Unless you are given permission in advance by the judge in your case, any requests to travel outside of these counties must be approved in advance by your U.S. Probation Officer.

Failure to do so may result in a violation of your supervision.

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California Sex Offender Compliance

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