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Legislative Changes, New Policies Intended to Improve Parole System While Reducing the Overall Inmate Population
SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) on Monday will launch, as required by a new law, public safety reforms to encourage inmates to complete rehabilitation programs, to improve supervision for high-risk parolees and to better partner with communities in managing minor parole violators. » More

Don’t let hype kill options to prison Sacramento Bee (2/5/2010)
(EDITORIAL re: SBx3_18:) Most inmates in California state prisons and county jails eventually get out and return to communities. Before a new law took effect on Jan. 25, California had a system of good-time credits that allowed inmates to shave time off their sentences for good behavior and for participating in certain work, education and drug or alcohol programs. The aim is to encourage good behavior and reward self-improvement efforts, as well as reduce overcrowding in prisons and jails. Here’s a reality check. No state prisoners have yet been released under the new law, not one. » More

Don’t panic over release of prisoners Chico ER (2/3/2010)
(EDITORIAL re: SBx3_18:) By Larry Phipps, Chico Enterprise-Record — Here they go again with their fearmongering hysteria regarding the early release of inmates from California prisons due to extreme overcrowding. Once again, let me say that only the low-level, nonviolent offenders who are in their last year of confinement and have been well behaved will even be considered for this program. This is not a massive release of murderers nor rapists nor any other violent offender. It will be phased in over a period of two years, allowing for a gradual release, not a mass exodus, as some law enforcement people would have us believe. » More

Don’t let parole reforms slip away Sacramento Bee (1/30/2010)
(EDITORIAL re: SBx3_18:)
Sacramento Bee–New Plan is a vital first step in cutting prison costs, crowding. As the state struggles to launch a modest parole reform that would reduce California’s dangerously overcrowded prisons, self-styled “victim rights” groups have raised politically potent objections. Legislators must not allow these groups, financed in large part by the economically self-interested prison guards union, to derail a sensible release plan designed to save money and improve public safety. » More

Prison sanity Press Enterprise (1/26/2010)
(EDITORIAL re: SBx3_18:)
The Press-Enterprise–The parole changes that took effect this week are far less a threat to the public than maintaining the deeply flawed status quo. The new policies can save taxpayers money, provide better public safety and curb abuses of the parole system. The changes are part of a plan approved last year by the Legislature, with the goal of cutting the inmate population and curbing corrections costs. The plan exempts low-risk inmates from parole supervision upon release, which will reduce their chances of returning to prison for a minor parole violation. The plan will also let overloaded parole officers focus their attention on the most dangerous parolees. The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation estimates the new approach will save $100 million over the next year. » More