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CA Legislature Proposes Bill to Shorten Parole for Serious Felons

‘We are incubating violent criminals in California’

By Katy Grimes, April 17, 2019 2:39 pm

A proposed bill to reduce the amount of time even dangerous offenders must spend on parole after being released from prison is the latest in a series of “criminal justice reform” laws and initiatives which actually undermine public safety in California.

Assembly Bill 1182 by Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo (D-Los Angeles), would reduce parole supervision from one year to 180 days for serious felons, including sex offenders. Carrillo recently traveled with Gov. Gavin Newsom to El Salvador “to examine the root causes of migration and discuss California’s efforts to provide relief and humanitarian aid to asylum seekers fleeing poverty and violence in their home countries.”

“If passed, it will march in lockstep alongside Proposition 47Proposition 57SB 1391 and AB 109 in the parade of criminal-coddling legislation that the governor and state Legislature have foisted on an unwitting public in recent years,” Michele Hanisee, President of the Association of Deputy District Attorneys of Los Angeles County reports.

“Democrats really have already gutted state parole mightily,” said Michael Rushford, President of the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation. When asked the motive behind the bill, Rushford said “to help prior offenders get back to a normal life. Only the focus is on what an ex-con feels,” Rushford said. “What’s best for the inmate, rather than public safety.”

Parole is the process an offender goes through, under supervision, to get back to a normal life following a prison sentence.

Rushford said since ex-convicts are statistically already much more likely to re-offend, Democrats are manipulating the parole system so the recidivism statistics won’t reflect reality. In fact, Rushford said, that’s been the motive behind all of the “criminal justice reforms” since the prison realignment bill, Assembly Bill 109, was passed in 2011. Every time violent crime in California was on the rise, Democrats have passed legislation or ballot initiatives to redefine and decriminalize violent crime so the statistics go down, according to Rushford.

Rushford explains AB 1182:

“It would shave a year off the time on parole for high risk criminals released from prison, and it would discharge offenders from parole if they go six months without a violation.  This follows other sentencing reforms aimed at reducing incarceration for habitual criminals including; AB109 which transferred most felons coming out of prison from parole to county probation and eliminated prison time for most property and drug felonies; Proposition 47, which turned a host of felonies into misdemeanors encouraging thieves to continue stealing, and SB1391, which prohibits the worst murderers under age 16 from being tried in adult court, gifting those convicted in juvenile court with release at age 25.”

Two reliably liberal think tanks in San Francisco have recently reported that crime is down in California. “This is fake news,” Rushford said. “District Attorneys and Sheriffs are telling us that thousands of property crimes converted to misdemeanors are no longer reported to police and all kinds of theft, burglaries, car break-ins and drug crimes are rising in every community.  The FBI preliminary crime report for 2018 found that violent crime had increased in 58.3% of the state’s largest cities.”

Rushford said that currently there are 25,000 unreported property crimes across the state. He’s concerned that the property crimes will escalate to more violent crimes, with no police enforcement or prosecutorial authority. “We are incubating violent criminals in California.”

Michele Hanisee offers “some of AB 1182’s lowlights:”

  • AB 1182 would reduce from one year to 180 days the amount of parole time for certain criminals who are released from state prison after serving sentences for serious felonies, including horrific sex offenses.
  • AB 1182 would drop the parole-service requirement from either to two or three years to either one or two years for high-risk offenders.
  • AB 1182 would require that criminals who have been released to county parole supervision be discharged from parole after six consecutive months in the absence of a parole violation. Under current law, these offenders must only be considered for discharge.
  • AB 1182 also strips the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation of its ability to recommend certain offenders be retained on parole.

Six real criminal justice reform bills were killed last year in the California Legislature which would have expanded the definition of violent crime to include human trafficking, elder and dependent adult abuse, assault with a deadly weapon, rape, and other crimes most Californians consider violent. AB 27, AB 67, AB 197, SB 75, SB 652 and SB 770 would have corrected unclear language and serious flaws in Proposition 57, but were killed. The bills are explained in a California Globe article in March.

Since 2016, what has transpired is the decriminalization of crimes previously considered violent. Because the language in Proposition 57 is imprecise, it has resulted in the release of felony rapists in situations when the victim did not or could not grant consent. The initiative specified early parole for persons who committed non-violent offenses. However, the initiative never specified what is considered a non-violent felony.

Prop. 47 reduced a host of felonies to misdemeanors, including drug crimes, date rape, and all thefts under $950, even for repeat offenders who steal every day.

As Prop. 57 stands, crimes such as human trafficking, child abduction, elder and dependent adult abuse, assault with a deadly weapon, and rape of an unconscious person, are not considered “violent crimes.”

SB 1391  prevents people under age 16 from being tried as adults even for the most vicious, calculated murders.

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42 thoughts on “CA Legislature Proposes Bill to Shorten Parole for Serious Felons

  1. I understand that sadly, AB 1182 has been watered down with amendments so far fewer people can benefit from reduced time on parole. and prison profiteers will continue benefiting. Once someone pays their debt per our laws, they are not, or no longer are, a criminal. Of course, providing support that helps people find jobs, places to live, get back on their feet, and become responsible, tax paying citizens benefits all society. Let’s spend more resources on learning the causes of crime, preventing it, and especially breaking the school-to-prison pipeline, and waste fewer resources on parole.

    1. Marie Callahan, You obviously do not know anything about the prison population. Instead of preaching to law abiding citizens and telling them what they should do for CRIMINALS, you do it first. Take one into your home and make sure YOU meet all their needs and then, Let us know how that went!!

      1. Your blind, hateful eyes sadly betray you! What a tragedy to lose one’s sense of
        humanity and compassion to the extent that he/she sees another person, not as a human being, but rather as something less than themselves.

      2. DK, you obviously do not know about Inmates who come out of prison and seriously want to turn their lives around. Hiw long must they pay for the crime? Especially, those who are only incarcerated for property crimes. Don’t they deserve a chance to be totally free??

      3. That outdated argument is so lame. What do YOU know about the prison population? Ever been in prison? I bet not. I doubt you have any solutions or alternatives, other than to continue to lock people up on rigged statistics and fearmongering

      4. There are many inmates who are innocent and have been done grave harm by the California dishonest courts and the dishonest California lawyers. Most of these lawyers are in a “club” to be in the back pocket of some district attorneys. I have met 3 DA’s who are honest in the entire California state. They did not come out of the Pomona Court South either.

    2. You’re right, they are no longer “criminals” they’re ex-cons.
      Oh, and there is no “school to prison pipeline” outside of the fever driven imagination of out if touch liberals.

      1. You’re lost. It’s quite imaginative to believe there isn’t a school to prison pipeline, when people like you purport to continue the massive spend on prisons, seeing guards and their unions get fat salaries and pensions, while schoolteachers can’t afford a living, or supplies, or quality materiel to teach with.

  2. We spend too much on parole when it is unnecessary. The respected Stanford University found that less than .01% of those convicted of murder and later released ever commit another felony of any kind–lower rate than the general population.The number of times they harm someone is even more rare. Of course, human nature and the media being what it is, when it does happen headlines scream making it seem as if it is a common occurrence.

    1. That’s a lie stat and you know it ! You should be ashamed and stats can be manipulated, just as they have to serve the liberal purpose. Simply put don’t commit crime and you won’t go to jail, it’s really that simple.

    2. Now here is someone who obviously has done their homework, instead of just screaming doom and gloom about people, yes PEOPLE, being released on parole. Fact: Those convicted of murder who are GRANTED PAROLE BY THE BOARD OF PAROLE HEARINGS, meaning they earned it, have a recidivism rate of less than 1/10 of 1%. Compare that to those who have not served a life sentence and are guaranteed of being released, whose recidivism rate is nearly 90%! I would take the paroled murderer as a neighbor any day of the week, because I KNOW they are going to be keeping their eye out for trouble makers. Don’t listen to either Liberals or Conservatives, all they do is preach doom and gloom and do NOT give you the true facts about ANYTHING. Use your own eyes and ears and brain to research and find out what the REAL DEAL IS!


    1. So, in your world (as dark as it may be), anyone who commits (or as you stated, “comments”) a crime is a “thug” and any person who differs in such ludicrous ideology must be his/her “kinfolk?”

  4. Grateful for Katy Grimes coverage of this as well as all of the other insane stuff that is coming out of this legislature. As far as I can tell she is the only one doing it.

    I see a couple of “criminal justice reform” shills here on this comment thread. Would one of you mind explaining to the rest of us what motivates you to argue for parole reduction? Hasn’t it been reduced enough? In fact, as a practical matter, hasn’t it been reduced into nonexistence?

    If you don’t care about the safety of law-abiding citizens, I find it hard to believe you have compassion for anyone else, including those who have been incarcerated. So what is it? Do you have friends and family members who are always in trouble with the law? Are you yourself often in trouble with the law? What makes you think that dumping violent criminals onto the streets is a good thing, for the public or for the criminals? Is there money involved? Are you being paid? Please enlighten us.

    The incident at the link below just happened the other day in otherwise sleepy Lake Forest. I wonder what this crazy stabber-carjacker’s story is? I hope we can find out, but I won’t hold my breath. Looks like meth, but who knows? Was he early-released from prison? Who knows? This is not an isolated incident. There have been so many drug-fueled crime sprees lately it is difficult to keep up with them.


    Does the public have any right at all anymore to be protected from such people? Or is it only criminals who should be protected?

    1. First Being On Parole Myself Is Hard Especially When Your Trying To Do Right Like Myself, Since I’ve Been Out I’ve Got Into Labor Union Got A Car Work 6 Days Out The Week 12 Hour Shifts My Only Rest Day Is Sunday But To Spend Time With My Fiancé Is Hard when Your Parole Officer Won’t Let You Go Out Of The 50 miles Ratios which puts a damper on my relationship so to here everyone talking about that one time a parolee did something wrong is frustrating because nobody ever sheds light on the positive side but the power needs to be stripped from California Department Of Corrections And Needs Check’s and Balances Which we have none of so If Bill Dosnt Pass then CDC Can continue to run a muck doing as they please because paroles are scum in a lot of people’s eyes open your eyes people it’s bigger than yourself

  5. Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo? Another corrupt Democrat socialist. Would anyone be surprised if that brown supremacist was receiving payoffs from the Mexican mafia and cartels?

  6. This is the type of thing that caused me to move out of California after living there my first 54 years of life. People have the freedom to choose their actions, and we all know that there are penalties for violating the law. Blaming society because someone decides to rape women or commit other felonies is bleeding-heart BS; glad to be out of the laughing-stock state of California.

  7. I worked in the parole system for 12 years and witnessed the AB109 debacle. These laws and the legislature who write them in California are political activists that have come to power claiming social justice and reform as their goal. There is a political stranglehold on the general public in the once great state of California, a darkness driven by power mongers who peddle social guilt, media propaganda and public apathy. Forums like these demonstrate how apathetic we have become. Most of the issues in the California prison system can be traced directly back to Edmund G. Brown via determinate sentencing law and prisoner rights. I have never understood why California did not adopt a simplified prison/parole formula: E.g. If you are sentenced to 10 years for Robbery and serve 8 in prison then are paroled, you have a two year parole. If you violate parole you are subject to return to prison for the balance of your sentence. Good luck California, but YOU are to blame for your leadership there!

  8. WHY? We are under constant assault from the same people we voted in to protect us yet they pander to the 1% of homeless drug addicts that can’t get it together and 1% of hardcore criminals that are laughing in their face. What about the 98% of the rest of us law-abiding, tax paying citizens? What bizzarroland are we living in?

  9. Lets see… AB109 put a serial felon in to county PRCS with next to no post release consequences. Then he violated his post release conditions and ended up in the county “time out” chair (flash incarceration) for 6 working days rather than back in state prison (6 months average pre AB109). Then he went out with a friend one night to break in to a few homes looking for some easy drug money.

    Then he kidnapped my 10 year old daughter at the time.

    Because we REALLY need to make it EASIER for SERIAL felons to get back out to their busy schedule of victimizing people.


  10. Guess how much parole agents make in a year? Nope, not even close. research this you tough on crime lemmings. My agent makes $160,000.00 a year the top earning agent makes $560.000.00. This is not a typo. No it is not from over time making the public safe. Think kick backs. You are an investigative journalist– do the work!

  11. End parole. It’s a money grab. Don’t be fooled by conservatives who want to ride the gravy train. You can’t stop a criminal by seeing them here and there and making them owe in a cup. Someone is getting a lot of money to do this. Once someone is out they are out. Keep your fingers crossed but the odds are someone who’s never been in trouble with the law will be the one to get you. Don’t fear ex cons fear the police. The only thing worse than a felon are the ones who watch them

  12. Look I paroled from a fire camp in 2014 and only because of whatever that new sentencing law was at the time that gave extra credits to inmates in fire camps and actually took some kind of classes for credits. After years of going in and out of the prison system,but going in and out by choice Because really inmates have it really good in prison.. they mostly don’t have to work and the ones that do work barely do anything even the guys at fire camp. I made the decision to finally stay the heck with all that because I wanted to show myself and my daughter that I was a real man and could live a well hardworking tax paying law abiding life.. I been home since then and I work for LOCAL 416 Ironwortkers , I’ve been working my butt off and I pay taxes and I read a lot of these legislations they wanna pass.. REFORM not catch and release… REHAB not give a ticket for drugs… Everyday I leave my house and worry if someone is gonna steal my mail or a package because of these decriminalizers.. they’re the criminals taxing us on gas the way they do making us pay taxes to take care of a bunch of lazy homeless drug addicts and criminals that don’t want help. And now you want sex offenders to get off parole early.. ARE YOU KIDDING ME… yeah come voting time a bunch of you sacramento state capital thieves need to be removed. How long before we the people decide to finally rise and say enough??? I rehabilitated myself because I wanted to but I know a bun ch of people that are loving the fact t that they can steal a bunch of stuff and get away with it and get to sell drugs and do drugs without a worry in. the world because according to them no one aint gonna do nothing about it.. Ive heard some one say one time that if they can get away with it why stop.. COME ON PEOPLE WHAT THE HECK HAPPED TO SAFE COMMUNITY???!!!!!!!

  13. Parole does not stop anyone from committing a crime. If anyone wants to commit a crime they will. The cops won’t stop them and neither will a parole agent. Those professions are there to solve crime and re-arrest someone for committing a crime. The longer someone is on parole is not making our streets and communities safer. However, if we reallocatatted that money spent on parole officers, into treatment and prevention, now we are talking some sense. California recidivism rates, in 1983, are the same as today…62-70%!!!! The budget for CDC(R) in 1980 was 604.2 million dollars. The budget for CDCR in 2020 is 13.4 BILLION! So before we start to judge, discriminate, ostracize, and demonize our fellow human beings let’s look at solutions to our current crises. Re-allocating funds from a policing state into a treatment state might need to be given a chance. After all CDCR and tough on crime people have had the last 40 years and we are worse off than before.

    1. Throwing money at the problem as opposed to actually discerning the root causes is worse than simply ignoring it. So many people and businesses earn a profit from the ignorance and fear spread by mass media and propaganda. Time for common sense solutions!

  14. I agree 100% with Lee. I am a parolee and nothing stops me from reoffending other than the fact that I choose not to. Infact, with the 50mile radius I have, I couldn’t leave town if I wanted to, so you people complaining about how unsafe your neighborhood is because of the parolees living there are screwed. We are stuck there.

    I also agree with Tim. That would be an easy cut and dry system. I was sentenced to 3yrs with 85%. That’s roughly 2yrs 8months. I then was told I have 10 years of parole…. That is ridiculous. Parole is suppose to help you Reintegrate into society. You are encouraged to seek treatment if you need it and to get a job and become a productive member of society again. That doesn’t take ten years. In less than six months I had a job and my own place. I have not and will not reoffend. I’m not the only one, there are many more like me that do not need to have the states resources wasted on being babysat. Not when there are others out there reoffending and violating parole. I now served five years of my 10year parole sentence. Half way there… The funny thing is, I don’t have to wear a sign that tells you I’m on parole. I could be your coworker, neighbor, the guy that held the door open for you. The man that helped you out on the side of the road. Even the guy sitting next to you at church. I’ve done all those things and still do them. Maybe judge a person by their actions today and not their past. I did the time for my crime. That should be punishment enough.

  15. I want to know if it passes or not? Because I paroled in 18 after doing 37 1/2 yrs in prison for a second degree murder.

  16. Hi I’m a young 29 year old male that’s been out of prison for two years , I took a deal of some prison time that lead to having an average parole term, but now that I’m out in the free world it was brought to my attention that my parole discharged date is at 20 years , how is that possible CDCR has no empathy for an ex con it’s really sad because I’m constantly under pressure by my parole regulations that are petty and exhausting Ive been working my ass of at a full time job I’ve been abiding by the law and honestly I have no more intentions or thoughts of breaking the law or better said reoffending , y’all should look inside your own souls and revaluate your doomy gloomy judgement against a human being that’s been Through hard times and made mistakes ,for some like me I takes a negative experience in life to learn that freedom is one of the best gifts in life and we have to appreciate and embrace it with all we got , but being judge by people that are selfish and cold hearted is really a stupid thing to do when they can’t get to really get to see that they are ex cons that repent from there passed mistakes and really did 360 change in there life’s . Please people of california help us people struggling on parole ,parole don’t help a person do right it’s the person itself that’s makes the decision to right , CDCR is not being fair for those that served their time and haven’t reoffended and followed all regulations california laws are getting petty and tax payers are gonna be hindered at all times so why not strive to make a better california a california with more opportunities in life that won’t hold someone or ex cons succeeding in life instead of just making us carry a big ass gorilla on our backs trust me they are ex cons that are struggling on parole Even though they are doing everything by the books it’s a cruel system in california it forgets about our or humans life that we got to live . By the way Im speaking on behalf of all ex cons no matter how dangerous the crime was we are humans just like you negative judgemental people you’ll should try to understand that not all ex cons are gonna reoffend ever again you all should really look into that how IDK , but get to understand empathy for a those that repent and regret there wrong doings and if the ever reoffend well we all no what the outcomes is back to prison it’s all up to the ex cons if there wise enough to do the right thing . I understand there’s people that go in and out of prison all there life’s and still don’t got there life’s together because they’re judge everywhere they go they’ll be denied a job ,a place to live ,and other benefits etc. It don’t have to be like that if only you people could understand what positive outcomes we could bring to society please don’t shut the doors on us we paid or debts we deserve a second chance to succeed in life without all this pressure on our backs .

  17. Even if it passes it won’t do any good. Prison supporter will just create stronger parole violation punishments that result in more jail time. An example is PEN 3010 (a-d). The gps tracker removal/tracker law that applies to 290 sex offenders. This law required sex offender who are ‘high risk’ (most sex offender who take a plea are categorized this way) and commit any type felony and are released on parole to wear a gps ankle tracker. If the tracker is removed or tampered with you go back to jail for 180 days the 1st time. The 2nd time 2-year, and the 3rd time up to 3-years.
    The parolee likely will not be told of the law when they are fitted for the tracker which results in immediate arrest. The kick is they even if your alleged sex offense is 50 years old and no other sex offenses have been committed. Any felony you commit will merit the gps ankle tracker.
    The parolee is assigned a special parole agent whose job is to monitor the parolee for device tampering and rearrest them.

  18. Being a career criminal is a form of self employment. Being in a gang is like working for a company or having business partners. Best bet for reducing crime is to have Mass-employment. Jobs jobs and more jobs. Private sector, city, county, state and federal employment keeps people busy. Too tired at the end the day to commit crimes. Money in the pocket, a roof over the head and food on the table is enough to discourage the majority of crime. Idle minds and desperate financial situations foster criminal activity. Time to nip the problem at the root.

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