SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP) — A state senator is seeking to halt a new law that allows unsupervised parole for thousands of ex-convicts after a former inmate was charged with a double homicide in Southern California.

The parolee is charged with killing a woman and an elderly man this month in Culver City, near Los Angeles.

The Legislature passed the unsupervised parole law in 2009 to save money. Under it, lower-level offenders do not have to report to parole agents and can be returned to prison only for committing crimes, rather than minor parole violations.

Sen. Ted Lieu criticized the computer program the state uses to decide when it’s safe for parolees to go unsupervised.

He calls the risk assessment “fatally flawed” in a letter sent to corrections officials and provided to The Associated Press.

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Comments (7)
  1. ragonas says:

    Thank God for Senator Lieu with a brain! Keep up the good work, Sir and get that dangerous law repealed!

  2. Dawg says:

    A computer decides who’s safe and who isn’t? This is crazy. Just because there isn’t any violence on a persons record doesn’t mean they’re not violent, it only means they weren’t cought.

    1. RC says:

      Exactly what I was about to type.

  3. robbymac says:

    the program called CSRA is more than flawed IMO.
    it’s totally arbitrary…you might as well just pick names out of a hat!

  4. Unbelievable that something so important such as this is being left to a computer. The Legislature had no brains else an idiotic law wouldn’t have been passed in the first place. Thankfully we’ve got lawmakers with common sense like Senator Lieu. This is a law that needs to be repealed!

  5. Sally Sensible says:

    I’m sure every reasonable person would like to lock up dangerous criminals. BUT, a repeal of the law HAS TO contain a provision on how to pay for it.

  6. The entire ca parole system should be based on criminal history and receivisim and not speculation or fantasy. A first term inmate with no prior felonies should have a 6 month parole term. A first term inmate with a drug related offense should have a 1 year min. No parole violations then discharge is auto. In the min. Time. Parolees that a drug addicts don’t care about themselves and are the most likely to committ new felonies and this is fact.

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