Eggman, Cooley call for changes to parole under realignment

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SACRAMENTO – Assembly members Susan Talamantes Eggman, (D-Stockton), and Ken Cooley, (D-Rancho Cordova), today called for changes to parole requirements for criminals at a joint press conference Monday morning. The conference was in advance of a hearing on their bill to restore prison as an option for the incarceration of parole violators.

"The way realignment handles the parole of dangerous, violent felons needs to be adjusted to reality. We must have prison as an option when other measures have failed," said Eggman, whose district, including the cities of Stockton and Tracy, has seen several cases of parolees committing heinous crimes after repeatedly violating parole.

"Assembly Bill 601 is a common sense measure that protects the safety of the public," added Cooley. "These criminals pose a serious public risk and our judiciary should have the discretion to send them back to prison."

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 changes Eggman and Cooley propose will allow parole violators to be returned to prison for up to one year. It does not require that all violations of parole result in a return to prison, but gives judges the discretion.

More information is available at http://asmdc.org/eggman and http://asmdc.org/cooley.

CONTACT: Christian Burkin (Eggman), (916) 319-2013
Or Jillena Hernández (Cooley), (916) 281-4832