Cooley, Eggman Announce Legislation to Allow Return of Parole Violators to State Prison

SACRAMENTO, CA – (MPG) 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.

Legislators challenge prison realignment with new wave of bills

Legislators are proposing several bills that add lengthy prison terms for people who violate their parole, which could challenge the state's realignment plan to address overcrowding.

California has been under pressure for years to address chronic overcrowding inside 33 adult prisons. In 2011, federal courts required the state to make drastic reductions in its prison inmate population. Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature launched a prison "realignment" that shifted responsibility for thousands of lower-level offenders and parole violators from state prisons to county jails.

Cooley, Eggman announce legislation to allow return of parole violators to state prison

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.

Lawmakers' fix for catch-and-release parole violators: Prison

A Stockton lawmaker troubled by recent violent crimes in her town committed by parole violators released early from county jail wants to let judges send those offenders back to prison.

The proposal would require a partial rollback of Gov. Jerry Brown's prison realignment plan, designed to lower state prison populations following federal court orders to ease overcrowding. The 2011 measure makes counties responsible for incarcerating low-level felons who once went to prison, and for supervising most state inmates when they are released from prison.