More Parolees Released Under AB 109; Soon to be Fewer Parole Officers

POSTED: 12:38 PM Jan 30 2013   UPDATED: 3:41 PM Jan 10 2013
REDDING, Calif. -

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.

Redding Parole Office to Close While More AB 109 Parolees to be Released

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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*PRCS: Post Release Community Supervision is the word for offenders who are not serving a term for a serious or violent felony, not serving a term of life, not identified as a high-risk sex offender and not identified as a mentally disordered offender. N/N/N inmates are non-serious, non-violent, and non-sex offenders. The offenders who do fall under these categories are under parole supervision and are not included on this map. NOTE: The numbers of PRCS and N/N/N inmates are projections by CALRealignment.org