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November 6, 2014

New California report finds many challenges in sex offender monitoring

As reported in this local piece from California, "two-thirds of parole agents who monitor sex offenders juggle caseloads that exceed department standards, a state corrections review reported Wednesday in response to an Orange County murder case." Here is more about the report's findings:

Agents are supposed to supervise between 20 and 40 parolees, depending on how many are high-risk offenders. But more often than not, the state Office of the Inspector General found, agents are overburdened. At 14 of the state’s 37 units responsible for supervising paroled sex offenders, all agents had bigger caseloads than department policies allow. The inspector general surveyed the units’ caseloads in August.

The report also criticized the effectiveness of GPS monitoring and housing restrictions enacted through Jessica’s Law, a 2006 ballot measure. The inspector general tied the restrictions to a spike in homelessness and strained resources....

The state Sex Offender Management Board recommended four years ago that agents supervise no more than 20 paroled sex offenders. But the inspector general said corrections officials haven’t adopted the lower threshold.

The inspector general report was requested by state Sen. Darrell Steinberg after the April arrests of Steven Gordon and Franc Cano, two transient sex offenders registered to live in Anaheim. Steinberg was head of the Senate at the time and chairman of its rules committee....

Steinberg didn’t request that the inspector general probe how Gordon and Cano were supervised by parole agents. Previously, the office did just that after the high-profile convictions of sex offenders Phillip Garrido and John Gardner. This time, Steinberg focused on broader questions about the impact of GPS monitoring and housing restrictions.

The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation estimates that it spent about $7.9 million to monitor more than 6,000 paroled sex offenders with GPS devices in the last fiscal year, a decline from $12.4 million four years earlier.

The detailed 80+-page report from the California Office of Inspector General, which is titled "Special Review: Assessment of Electronic Monitoring of Sex Offenders on Parole and the Impact of Residency Restrictions," is available at this link.

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When almost anyone and everyone can be a sex offender, no wonder they are difficult, nay impossible, to monitor.

In California, that's 100,000 and growing daily.

Must be the full employment needs of the LE and Prison Guard's Unions, er, I mean lawmakers.

Posted by: albeed | Nov 7, 2014 8:56:59 PM

@ albeed

You are correct. It's about money and jobs.

The lawmakers, judges and police are supposed to follow the law. That law is the U.S. Constitution. No matter what way you look at it, it's ADDITIONAL punishment if it was not handed down as part of the sentence given by a judge. You can't add too a sentence that was already given.

Some of these offenders agreed to monitoring (plea deal) and some were told they would be monitored by a judge. NOT ALL of them were. Those were just handed additional punishment.

No matter what politicians and trolls say, it's an ex-post facto sentence. For those who want to say SORNA and it's spin off public safety policies are civil not criminal, WE KNOW by the laws in place prior to SORNA.....it' just bullshit!

Maybe the new AG and her "Return to Human Rights" will straighten out this legal mess.

Funny how you have to look to one criminal faction (like Obama and the appointees in his organization) to counter the problems caused by the 109th Congress in 2006. It was a great time for political grand standing.

This congress even gave John Walsh a present by this unlawful act:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6BKR4cTmAg

Posted by: Book38 | Nov 9, 2014 10:07:10 AM

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