When someone spends years or even decades in prison, things change. Both in the outside world and within that person—things change. So, as an estimated three dozen former-three-strikers are now among us after changes in the law, it would be good to give them some reentry assistance. Instead, however, because the laws of California make them ineligible for parole “benefits”, these former-inmates are left to fend for themselves.
Soon the Los Angeles County Housing Authority will be helping a select few homeless probationers and parolees secure adequate housing. But what seems like a positive move is receiving criticism from people who don’t think criminal offenders should be getting the “hand-out.” [Read more…]
In stark contrast to the last two governors, Jerry Brown is allowing many murderers to return to California streets, much to the dismay of victim’s advocates. But, it seems as if Brown has managed to balance public safety with rehabilitation, releasing those who pose little risk to the community and who have shown themselves reformed while incarcerated. [Read more…]
Two new courts will be launched soon within San Francisco thanks to a $2 million in grants from federal stimulus funds. These courts won’t be more of the same, however. Instead they will be designed solely to handle parolees and probationers. [Read more…]
People classified as a “sexually violent predator” know they are being watched constantly. These people have been released from prison and are sent back into society to live, though monitored strictly and forced to adhere to very stringent requirements. One man is back in custody after violating his release terms. [Read more…]