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CDCR’s Adult Parole Operations Reduces Number of Parolees-at-Large by more than 3,000 in Past Year

Number of Absconders Drops to 16-year Low

parolees at large graph from 1995 to 2011

SACRAMENTO – Since the inception of the California Parole Apprehension Team, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s (CDCR) Division of Adult Parole Operations has located and/or arrested 3,045 parolees-at-large in a little more than a year of operation.

“I’m proud of our dedicated apprehension teams, global positioning satellite specialists and parole agents who are clearly making our communities safer every day,” said CDCR’s Division of Adult Parole Operations Director Robert Ambroselli. “The number of apprehensions clearly demonstrates that law-abiding Californians are far less likely to encounter a parolee who refuses to abide by the strict rules and oversight of our supervision. For those parolees who refuse, the California Parole Apprehension Teams (CPAT) will come after them, arrest them and put them back behind bars.”

The number of parolees who have absconded parole supervision in California has declined from 15,927 in January 2010 when CPAT units were formed to 12,882 in February 2011. The decline of more than 3,000 at-large parolees in just over a year is the quickest and most significant drop in the number of parolees-at-large in California history. The greatest number of at-large parolees in California occurred in 2003 when there were 19,954. The current 12,882 parolees-at-large is the lowest number in the 16 years that such figures have been kept. The initial count of at-large parolees started in 1995 when 17,688 parolees were reported as absconders.

One recent effort targeting absconded and non-compliant paroles who are sex-offenders or gang-members was dubbed “Operation Safe Playgrounds.” Updated statistics show that 277 of the 407 parolees arrested state-wide during the mid-November sweep by CPAT, are still behind bars. Those parole violators are serving up to a year in state prison, with the average being five additional months behind bars. For more information on the “Operation Safe Playgrounds”, visit CDCR’s web site at and click on the Parole tab.

CPAT agents have extensive training in fugitive apprehension, database searches, social networking, field tactics and firearms training at CDCR’s Office of Correctional Safety Academy. CPAT teams consist of a Regional Intelligence Unit in each of four regional offices and multiple field apprehension teams throughout the regions.

CONTACT: LUIS PATINO (916) 445-4950