Magazine article Corrections Forum

Schwarzenegger Would Halve Calif. Parole Population to Save Money

Magazine article Corrections Forum

Schwarzenegger Would Halve Calif. Parole Population to Save Money

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Sacramento Bee

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's latest budget proposal would reduce by tens of thousands the number of criminals behind bars and under community supervision. Parole would be eliminated for all nonserious, non-violent and non-sex offenders. The proposal would cut the parole population by about 65,000 by June 30, 2010, or more than half of the Christmas Eve 2008 count of 123,144. The plan calls for increasing good-time credits for inmates who obey the rules and complete rehabilitation. Combined with the new parole policies that would result in fewer violators forced back into custody, the proposal would reduce the prison population by 15,000 by June 30, 2010. It stood at 171,542 on Dec. 24.

Department of Finance Director Mike Genest said the state's worsening budget scenario again forced the administration to look at prison and parole population cuts as frontburner proposals to save money. …

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