Parole officials improve communication with police regarding weakened parole supervision program

PASADENA — The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has improved communication with law enforcement agencies regarding the release of prisoners on weakened parole supervision, authorities said.
California parole officials began releasing inmates designated as “low-risk” on a new parole status called, “non-revocable parole.” Under the new status, parolees are not monitored as closely as under traditional parole, and cannot be returned to jail for parole violations.
Following a phone conference with other police and parole officials Wednesday organized by state Sen. Carol Liu, D-Glendale, Pasadena police Interim Police Chief Christopher Vicino said in a written statement that parole officials have improved information-sharing with law enforcement agencies.
“The CDCR had previously restricted the name, address and release date of these prisoners,” Vicino said. “Without this information, our efforts to provide social services and/or conduct home checks with law enforcement officers would be nearly impossible.”
“We were told much of this has changed. The CDCR is making the information available via an enhanced and secure Web site.”
Officers were scheduled to receive training on the new system so it can be implemented in Pasadena in the “Very near future,” Vicino said.
He added that police are working with many religious, community and nonprofit organizations to help prepare parolees for a successful transition back into society.

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