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Prisoners released to county are new type of offender

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Posted: Saturday, February 4, 2012 12:00 am

The following is commentary on the Jan. 16 Behind the Badge piece titled "Rise in burglaries a sign of prison realignment failing," by Chris Piombo.

Unfortunately, the author mistakenly indicated that "Prisoners are being paroled to county jails ..." and kept referencing the word parolee in his description of suspects in recent burglaries.

The reality is that anyone being released from state prison to this county as a result of realignment (as described in AB 109) is being released on community supervision and being supervised by county probation. Furthermore, if these suspects are in fact parolees then they would be on parole; while those released on community supervision are neither on parole nor probation — it is a new category of offender.

With that being said, realignment is a significant and major change in the way services will be delivered in the criminal justice system moving forward.

There are many challenges ahead for those protecting the community in this new era. Let's just make sure we're working from the same template when discussing realignment.

Paul Brennan

Linden

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