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California Has New Approach to Parole Violations

In the past, violations of parole often meant a trip back to prison for a short stretch, 5 months or so,  then a release. However, there were often repeated violations before the return to prison and, in addition, during the short prison stretch the violations received no rehabilitation measures. However, under the new procedure currently being evaluated in the Sacramento area parole violators are being sent to the county jail for brief time periods every time they break a rule or test positive for drug use. The Silicon Valley Mercury more »


Politicians Using Fear and Lies to Push Parole Bill

As we discussed in an earlier post, politicians are using the unfortunate case of Jaycee Lee Dugard to be seen as favoring a bill restricting parole and what can be considered when parole is determined. In reality, what they are pushing is less the bill than their ambitions. While the merits of the bill, both pro and con,  can certainly be debated, the public should at least have all of the facts available before making up their minds and not just the “spin” of politicians, be they DAs, legislators, or more »


CA Legislature Backing Away from Sentencing and Parole Reform

Two bills which were hailed as steps forward in prison reform either met their death or are now facing almost insurmountable obstacles in the CA legislature. Sen. Lori Hancock’s bill to end the death penalty was withdrawn after “the votes were not there”, according to Sen. Hancock’s statement. However, it is likely this bill will reappear as a ballot initiative for the voters in 2012. In addition, a bill to allow for the possibility of parole in offenders who were sentenced to life in prison while they were still children more »


California Parole Reform Act of 2011

As we mentioned in an earlier post, the politicians, both prosecutors and legislators, are quick to jump on an “anti-crime” bandwagon when it rolls through town and the Parole Reform Act of 2011 is just that. In a guest editorial making its way into local papers, including the Tahoe Daily Tribune which is where we saw it, Senator Ted Gaines and El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson, both of whom are involved in getting the legislation put before the Senate, spend a lot of time on the soapbox and applauding themselves more »


California DA Seeking to Change Parole Laws

There is an old saying in the law that bad facts make bad law and there is an effort underway to make sure this is true. Vern Pierson, who is District Attorney for El Dorado County, is working with State Sen. Ted Gaines, a Republican, to change the existing law regarding whether the original crime should play a part in parole considerations. A new bill on this issue is said to be ready to present in the next week. Pierson is using the case of Phillip Garrido to justify the more »