Under the law, which takes effect in January, only ex-convicts who were serving time for nonviolent crimes — such as drug or property offenses — and have completed at least six months of addiction treatment in prison will be eligible. No one convicted of a sex offense will qualify.UPDATE: Ouch! Just to add a little yang to your yin, while the Governornator did the right thing on this bill with parolees, I discover from The Truth About False Confessions that he also recently vetoed legislation to record police interrogations. Hrrruumph! Always half a loaf.
Once released, eligible parolees who wish to participate will be sent directly to a residential drug treatment program for five months. If they graduate, they will immediately be freed from parole supervision.
Friday, October 06, 2006
CA to let parolees earn their way off supervision
Very smart! Arnold Schwarzenegger just signed a bill in California to allow nonviolent felons to earn their way off parole through completion of a drug treatment program ("Schwarzenegger signs bill allowing shorter parole in exchange for drug treatment," LA Times, Oct. 4). That's a good idea. It'll give nonviolent parolees new incentives for good behavior, while letting parole officers focus attention on their more dangerous charges. Mark Godsey at CrimProf Blog explains the details: