Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Parole Officials Ensure Proper Implementation Of New Law to House Sex Offenders

Sacramento - The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Division of Adult Parole Operations in an effort to ensure public safety and compliance with a new state law has completed a review of the placement of High Risk Sex Offenders in its four parole regions throughout the state and will continue to aggressively monitor the placement of these offenders to ensure proper placement in California communities.

"When it comes to the safety and security of people of California we can not compromise or take shortcuts with the law and we must remain vigilant," said Roderick Q. Hickman, secretary of CDCR. "The people of this state expect that we will supervise the parolees released from our prisons especially those who have a history of sexual offenses against children."

The Department and its parole regions will work with local law enforcement and communities to ensure compliance with the provisions of this new law that went into effect on January 1, 2006. AB 113 prohibits the placement of any parolee convicted of child molestation (Penal Code Sec. 288 and 288.5) and designated by the department as a High Risk Sex Offender, within a half a mile of any school grade K-12.

The Secretary ordered the four parole regions in the state to review the placement of the more than 2,000 High Risk Sex Offenders to ensure that they are properly placed in accordance with AB 113.

"The identification and utilization of permanent and appropriate placement options will continue to be a top priority for us," said Hickman. "Public safety is the primary concern. No parolee should ever be placed back into the community without public safety being the first priority."

The department is continually working in partnership with local law enforcement and community agencies to find appropriate housing placements for high-risk sex offenders who by law are released from prison and returned to the county of commitment or the county of last legal residence.