California accidentally releases hundreds of violent offenders and doesn’t attempt to find them

Posted on May 25, 2011

Coming soon to a city near you, 450 erroneously released violent criminals.

To add even more insult to injury, the inspector general and corrections officials are refusing to let the public know which criminals were released accidentally and what crimes they had been committed for to earn them jail time.

  Reporting from Sacramento — Computer errors prompted California prison officials to mistakenly release an estimated 450 inmates with “a high risk for violence” as unsupervised parolees in a program meant to ease overcrowding, according to the state’s inspector general. (emphasis mine)

More than 1,000 additional prisoners presenting a high risk of committing drug crimes, property crimes and other offenses were also let out, officials said.

No attempt was made to return any of the offenders to state lockups or place them on supervised parole, said inspector general spokeswoman Renee Hansen. (emphasis mine)

All of the prisoners were placed on “non-revocable parole,” whose participants are not required to report to parole officers and can be sent back to prison only if caught committing a crime. The program was started in January 2010 for inmates judged to be at very low risk of reoffending, leaving parole agents free to focus on supervising higher-risk parolees.


Investigators reviewed case files for 200 of the 10,134 former inmates who were on non-revocable parole in July of last year. They found that 31 were not eligible, and nine of those were determined likely to commit violent crimes. The inspector general and corrections officials refused to identify the inmates who were released erroneously. They also would not specify what their original offenses had been. (emphasis mine)

Using the 15% error rate they found in their sample, investigators estimated that more than 450 violent inmates had been released during the first seven months of the program, the time period they reviewed. Prison officials have disputed the findings, saying they had corrected some of the computer problems discovered by the inspector general. The error rate is now 8%, the inspector general report says.


Click on the link to read the entire bad news story.  But before you go, sit and ponder how well you think California is going to do when they sit down to make the decision on which 33,000+ prisoners they have to release from their prison system thanks to the Supreme Court ruling a couple of days ago.   Inspires a lot of confidence, doesn’t it?


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