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  • New Parole Realignment Could Leave Holes in Agency

    Posted Jul 12th, 2013 By in Probation With | Comments Off on New Parole Realignment Could Leave Holes in Agency

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    With California’s prison overpopulation, there is a good chance that we may see the already overloaded parole officers slammed with a additional work. The recent realignment has made early release of parolees possible by the end of the year,  and has also asked for shorter jail times for prisoners.

    There are about 1,700 state parolees living in the county, according to Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean. And as a result of 2011’s Assembly Bill 109, also known as the Public Safety Realignment law, about half are now under the direct supervision of the Ventura County Probation Agency.

    The other half—which includes parolees with mental disorders, violent or high-risk sex offenders, inmates paroled from life terms and those who were on parole before October 2011—remain under the supervision of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations.

    Prior to realignment, VCPA officers were not responsible for checking on those paroled from state prison.

    “(It’s) actually better because there’s more attention on the parolees,” Dean said. “One thing we find in Ventura County is that we have more probation officers than other officers. And our probation officers are contacting parolees multiple times per week, so they’re catching more violations.”

    In response to a federal court order to reduce the state’s prison population, California legislators passed AB 109 in 2011, giving county jails, rather than state prisons, the responsibility of housing non-serious, nonviolent and nonsexual offenders convicted after Oct. 1 of that year.

    As of last month, the state’s 33 prisons were housing about 120,000 inmates, more than 150 percent of design capacity, according to the Public Policy Institute of California.

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