State may shrink parole violator list
November 10, 2012
Some California parole violators may soon be able to stop looking over their shoulder. State corrections officials are contemplating a program which would ignore thousands of warrants now outstanding on people who have somehow violated terms of their parole. (San Francisco Chronicle)
The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation will review more than 9,200 outstanding warrants with the intent of dismissing many determined to be “older and less urgent.” Those considered would be on parole for nonviolent crimes, and sex offenders would be excluded from the plan entirely.
The plan would allow parole agents to concentrate on the most serious offenders. It “is not a matter of letting any parolee off the hook,” said Corrections spokesman Jeffrey Callison.
Parole agents union representatives were taking a dim view of the proposal.