SACRAMENTO – Assembly members Susan Talamantes Eggman and Ken Cooley today announced legislation to allow parole violators to be returned to state prison.
In several high profile cases in California, including at least four in San Joaquin County, dangerous parolees were allowed to continue on parole despite repeat violations, and eventually committed heinous crimes.
Under prison realignment, higher risk offenders are still supervised by state parole, but may no longer be returned to prison for violating parole, and face a maximum of up to 180 days in county jail. Many jails, including the San Joaquin County Jail, are forced to release inmates early because they are already at maximum capacity.
“The state has already acknowledged these offenders are a higher risk,” Eggman said. “We need the flexibility to return the most dangerous parolees to prison when they violate parole.”