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ABC-TV: Calif. inmates released early without parole
May 26, 2011
SACRAMENTO (KABC) -- Hundreds of dangerous criminals were freed from California prisons with no parole supervision last year. They have since been located and put on parole.
California Inspector General Bruce Monfross blamed a faulty computerized risk-assessment program for the release of hundreds of dangerous criminals without parole supervision: 1,500 inmates were improperly designated; 450 turned out to be offenders.
State Senator Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) asked for the audit of the controversial new program that was supposed to only let out low-risk inmates without supervision. It was designed to save the state money by only making parole agents keep track of dangerous criminals.
"It confirms my worst fears, that the Department of Corrections has been releasing hundreds, if not thousands, of dangerous, highly violent felons without any parole supervision," said Lieu.