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California May Drop Parolee Warrants

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 3:22 pm

We have plenty of money for Section 8 housing, EBT cards, SSI payments to people who aren’t really disabled, and so on and so on. But we apparently don’t have enough money for public safety:

State corrections officials are poised to drop the arrest warrants of thousands of parole violators, releasing them from state supervision at a time when their detention would complicate efforts to ease crowding in state and county lockups.

The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation intends to begin a massive review next week of more than 9,200 outstanding warrants, starting with individuals who were convicted of nonviolent crimes and absconded from supervision. Over the next eight months, parole field offices across the state will be given lists of missing felons, 200 at a time, to review and determine if retaining them on parole “would not be in the interest of justice.”

What could possibly go wrong?

Gillam said the mass reviews overlook the value of leaving outstanding warrants in law enforcement computer systems, especially for routine matters such as traffic stops. “The warrant is a warning, to alert the officer that this guy is a problem,” he said.

Gillam and others said parole agents are under pressure to release felons from state supervision as soon as possible.

Those criticisms come as the corrections department reacted to a report in the Fresno Bee on Friday that the man who killed two people at a chicken processing plant in Fresno earlier this week, then killed himself, was released from parole over the objections of his parole agent. The gunman, Lawrence Jones, was freed from prison in June 2011 and discharged from parole in May, even though his parole agent deemed him a danger.

It’s a little tough to keep your finger in the dike when people are going around willy nilly chopping huge gaping holes in it with an axe.

30 Responses to “California May Drop Parolee Warrants”

  1. i wonder why in fresno to live and die in fresno

    happyfeet (6d5c2c)

  2. Cali is about to have three shorelines. Everyone is counting on a real estate boom.

    gary gulrud (dd7d4e)

  3. erfcake is on amc tonight

    happyfeet (6d5c2c)

  4. ___________________________________________

    But we apparently don’t have enough money for public safety:

    Don’t cry for us, Argentina.

    BTW, I was watching a video of Argentinians protesting in the streets of Buenos Aires, railing against their ultra-liberal president (who is described — touchingly and lovingly — in the online article that accompanies the vid as being “center-left”). I wonder how many of those people voted for their current leader about a year ago? Based on her high margin of victory, apparently quite a few of them.

    Many of them are unhappy about high rates of crime, along with a floundering economy. Moreover, most of them are of European extraction, so any assumption about leftism (and, in turn, lawlessness) in the US — including California — being somehow unique to or different from a country like that (ie, we’re racially diverse, they aren’t) doesn’t apply.

    So to paraphrase: Liberalism corrupts, and absolute liberalism corrupts absolutely.

    Mark (8087c8)

  5. Some permanent lifetime-warehouse mental facilities would be nice.

    SarahW (b0e533)

  6. we’ll have to invent something new to tax first

    happyfeet (6d5c2c)

  7. tax the wind turbines for killing eagles.

    mg (31009b)

  8. Of course that guy that made a 15 minute video mocking mohamud will serve every day for his parole violation. We must be protected from this non-violent criminal

    dunce (15d7dc)

  9. This is what a failed state looks like.

    SPQR (768505)

  10. Err … that’s keeping your finger in the dike with an “i”, the thing that you need when you build below sea level. Dyke with a “y” means something else, I think.

    nk (875f57)

  11. When petty offenses, and offenses against laws that are blatantly unconstitutional, take precedence over truly malignant crimes, we are fast approaching the day when honorable citizens have no business being officers of the law or the court.

    Under these circumstances, when we are approached by officers of the law, we know that our lives are most likely about to be ruined over trivialities or outright errors.

    Why shouldn’t we defend ourselves?

    DJMoore (89aba0)

  12. Err … that’s keeping your finger in the dike with an “i”, the thing that you need when you build below sea level. Dyke with a “y” means something else, I think.
    Comment by nk — 11/10/2012 @ 5:38 pm

    — Some holes are more fun to plug than others.

    Icy (9ced2e)

  13. I read too about some guy who killed someone the day after he was released.

    It’s Mad Max time!

    Don’t worry, though, with yet another tax for Charlie Beck’s PD, it will be hunky dory.

    Patricia (be0117)

  14. Hey, what about me…?

    Nakoula Nakoula (be0117)

  15. Parole is idiotic to begin with. It means taking the criminal’s word that he won’t commit any more crimes. Which he was not supposed to do in the first place.

    Our penal system is irrational as practiced. (Thanks, Quakers.) Keep them, kill them, or just let them go.

    nk (875f57)

  16. Buy a gun.

    Comment by Kevin M — 11/10/2012 @ 8:11 pm

    Buy several guns, and plenty of ammunition to go along with them. If things keep going the way they are with rulings by executive order, these words will once again be put to use:

    When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

    peedoffamerican (204ab7)

  17. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

    peedoffamerican (204ab7)

  18. Heh. Thanks for the spelling correction.

    Patterico (8b3905)

  19. “But we apparently don’t have enough money for public safety:”

    Ever notice how the more taxes you pay, the less services you get?

    Dave Surls (46b08c)

  20. We – and even “them” Californians – have plenty of money for public safety. And getting overgenerous pensions under control would help.

    But the real problem is that when budget time comes, the first thing politicians do is threaten to cut PD and FD. It s extortion and the proper response if Americans had any balls would be to organize a tar-and-feathers mob – literally – for the next politician to do it.

    SPQR (26706b)

  21. This is the same deal with the feds. Federal spending now accounts for around 25% of GDP, yet they’re closing post offices all over the nation, even though the postal service is one of the few things the federal government does that’s actually called for by the Constitution.


    Gotta keep the welfare handouts going. That’s priority one.

    Dave Surls (46b08c)

  22. California is collapsing slowly. As Hemingway once said, “Bankruptcy happens slowly, then quickly.”

    But, cheer up, the country is not that far behind.

    Mike K (326cba)

  23. California is collapsing slowly

    And, when it does collapse, are the people going to turn to the party whose main focus seems to banning abortion and sending half the voter’s parents back to Mexico? Probably not. Instead they’ll go with the guys who promise bigger subsidies and more programs to offset the bad luck.

    Kevin M (bf8ad7)

  24. BTW — NOT advocating this — but I note that most failing societies deal with this issue by forming extralegal death squads, until even that fails.

    Kevin M (bf8ad7)

  25. Once again, this is a replay of the Philly prison cap debacle of the 90s, when only complete idiots bothered to show up for trial.

    Amphipolis (ac695d)

  26. Along with that gun and ammo, train, train, and train some more.
    When you shoot, aim for A-zones (if you don’t know what an A-zone is, ask your shooting instructor). Also, it’s not unreasonable to practice a “Rhodesian Triple-tap” – two to the chest, one to the head (defeats body-armor).
    And remember, the U.S. Military is forbidden the use of hollow-points, for you it is (or should be) mandatory.

    With the coming complete implosion of the criminal Justice System, you will be FTMP on your own.
    Don’t not be ready.

    askeptic (2bb434)

  27. Oh, there’s a history for this, Amphipolis?

    How many people died?

    No, don’t tell me.

    My neighbor, a police sgt., bought a .22 for his wife and daughter each about 6 months ago. He knows what the real deal is.

    Nakoula Nakoula (be0117)

  28. It is worse than that, Pat. The continuation high school I teach at has a PO checking on his probationers four times a week. One day, in a bout of depressing honesty, he told me that all school based PO’s are forbidden to report the children violating their probation terms. And they are closing down the Ca Youth Auth camps.

    I predict a huge spike in Anti-depressant sales

    MunDane (861704)

  29. I predict a huge spike in Anti-depressant sales

    Wouldn’t that increase the danger as your reaction/cognition times will be increased?

    askeptic (2bb434)

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