If you don't already do so, it may be a good idea to start keeping your doors and windows locked from now on.
A computer error has lead California prison officials to release about 450 inmates with "a high risk for violence"!
The officials thought they were releasing prisoners as unsupervised parolees in a program meant to ease overcrowding by placing qualifying participants on "non-revocable parole". The ex-cons don't need to check in with a parole officer and can only be imprisoned again if caught committing a crime.
To clarify, however, 450 prisoners weren't just released in one day. An investigation on the program, that has been in effect since January 2010, revealed 31 prisoners out of 200 released were NOT eligible for parole and 9 of those were determined likely to commit violent crimes.
Using 15% error rate they found in their sample of the 10,134 former inmates who were on non-revocable parole in July of last year, they've estimated that 450 violent criminals were mistakenly released, with about 1000 others who committed less violent offenses on the loose.
This alarming news comes just 2 days after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Cali's prisons are overcrowded and ordered state officials to reduce the population by 33,000!
On Wednesday, Senator Ted Lieu, who ordered the investigation, asked, "How can the public have confidence they can release 33,000 felons safely?"
What do U think California should do to correct this mistake?
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