More parolees are being released into the Redding area under Assembly Bill 109, but there will soon be fewer parole officers to keep track of them.
According to the California Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), the Redding Parole Office is about to close, probably within a year.
While the changes are not immediate, Shasta District Administrator for the CDCR David Nichols said that the office will close in six months to a year.
Nichols also said that five of the 13 parole agents and supervisors will lose their positions by the end of April.
Nichols said that the closure and cuts are a result of fewer caseloads as more lower-level offenders are transferred to county probation responsibilities.
However, Police Chief Robert Paoletti said that state parolees are committing most of the crimes and he is concerned about a reduced parole presence in Redding.
Three quarters of state parolees commit new crimes, compared to less than ten percent of the offenders under county probation supervision (also known as post release community supervised offenders).
When the Redding office closes and consolidates its operations in Red Bluff, Chief Paoletti has offered free office space in the police department and Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko said parole can use his department's interview rooms.
Luis Patino from the CDCR in Sacramento said that an office in Redding is not critical because agents work out of their vehicles for the most part with laptop computers and they will continue living in the Redding area.
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