The court’s action followed BPH’s overhaul of the state’s system for tracking and scheduling parole hearings, reducing its backlog of cases from 3,200 to just 25.
“The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the Board of Parole Hearings has undertaken extraordinary efforts over the past seven years to dramatically improve its systems and procedures for life parole eligibility hearings,” said Jennifer Shaffer, BPH’s executive officer . “The court’s decision to terminate this lawsuit means the Board has substantially complied with the court’s orders to improve the timeliness of these hearings. I am proud of the hard work by CDCR and BPH staff that made these critical reforms possible.”
Petitioner Jerry Rutherford filed his petition for a writ of habeas corpus on May 26, 2004, alleging the BPH had violated the petitioners’ due process rights by failing to conduct lifer parole hearings in a timely manner.
For more on the Board of Parole Hearings, visit www.cdcr.ca.gov/BOPH/index.html.
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August 9, 2011
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