David Allyn Dokich - Serial Child Rapist / High Risk Sex Offender

Friday, July 22, 2005

Day 78 - Little Hoover Commission report on parole policies

I have just started digging into this report, its quite good.

Here are a couple of notable excerpts:

California is Out of Sync

California puts more offenders on parole:
  • California: 95%
  • National Average 82%

More prison commitments are returning parolees:
  • California: 67%
  • National Average 35%

Fewer parolees successfully complete parole:
  • California: 21%
  • National Average 42%

Sources: Jeremy Travis, Senior Fellow, Urban Institute, Written testimony to the Commission, February 27, 2003. Michael P. Jacobson, Ph.D., Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York. Written testimony to the Commission, January 23, 2003.

The bottom line: California’s correctional system costs more than it should and it does not provide the public safety that it could.

Incarcerating parole violators costs $900 million a year. The State spends another $465 million on parole, the bulk of which is for parole agents, who spend much of their time filling out paperwork to send parolees back to prison. Another $660 million is spent incarcerating parolees convicted of committing new crimes.

Stay tuned, more to follow.

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