North State Assembly members Dan Logue, R-Linda, and Cathleen Galgiani, D-Livingston, have introduced a bill that would protect counties from the sudden release of convicted felons into their communities.
Assembly Bill 44 was prompted by the parole of Loren Herzog into Lassen County earlier this year. Herzog was released on short notice to Lassen County law enforcement, prompting public outcry and protests throughout the small community.
Herzog served less than 10 years of a 14-year sentence that he received for voluntary manslaughter in the death of Clements resident Cyndi Vanderheiden, who vanished in November 1998. Her body has never been recovered.
"The recent parole of serial killer Loren Herzog demonstrated why it is so critically important for local law enforcement to have advance notice prior to parole," Galgiani said in a news release.
"In the case of Loren Herzog, it was important to protect his victims and their family members as well as those who testified against him in court," Galgiani said. "In addition, there were many families who had loved ones who went missing, whose bodies were never found. They will never know if their loved ones suffered at his hands."
Logue and Galgiani's bill would require the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to notify local law enforcement 60 days prior to the scheduled release date and no less than 30 days in the event of unexpected changes.
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