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Parole & Probation

Parole and Probation

When an offender sentenced to serve time in county jail for one year or less (per charge) has completed his/her sentence, he/she may be released to county-level supervision also known as probation.

When a state prisoner completes his/her sentence, they’re released to either state supervised parole or county-level supervision also known as post-release community supervision (or PRCS). (Source: CDCR)

 

[T]he law requires parolees be returned to their county of last legal residence prior to incarceration

 

Probation

Offenders released from jail to county-supervised probation are assigned a Probation Officer in the community where the offender will be living.

One in every hundred adults was on probation at the end of 2014. Felony probation cases account for 85% of the total caseload. The daily cost of supervising a probationer is about $12. It costs much more to supervise a parolee ($28) or to house either a jail inmate ($106) or a prisoner ($164). (Source: Public Policy Institute of California, Dec 2015)

 

1 in 100 adults was on probation… Felony probation cases account for 85% of the total caseload.

 

Parole

Offenders released from prison to state-supervised parole are assigned a Parole Agent in the community where the offender will be living. CDCR parole offices are located throughout California. CDCR requires all parolees to follow conditions of parole, which may include such special conditions as no contact with the victim or victim’s family or that the parolee may not be allowed within 35 miles of the victim’s actual residence if the crime was a violent felony. Victims or witnesses may contact OVSRS or fill out a CDCR 1707 to request special conditions of parole, which will be considered by DAPO prior to the offender’s release.

Currently, the law requires that parolees be returned to the county that was the last legal residence of the offender prior to his or her incarceration. A parolee may be returned to another county if that would be in the best interests of the public. DAPO carefully reviews each case and makes such decisions on an individual basis. (Source: CDCR)

During 2010, 123,578 offenders were paroled, discharged or otherwise released from custody. On December 31, 2010, there were 107,667 felons and civil narcotic addicts on parole in California. (Source: CDCR, 2011)

 

In 2010, there were 107,667 felons & narcotic addicts on parole in California.

 

Post-Release Community Supervision (PRCS)

Offenders released from prison to county-level supervision will be supervised by a local law enforcement agency. This is usually the county Probation Department. This form of supervision is known as Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS). CDCR no longer has jurisdiction over any person who is released from prison to county-level supervision. (Source: CDCR)

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