CDCR Parole Reforms Lead to Lowest Number of Parolees-At-Large in 15 years
(Sacramento, CA) – The California Parole Apprehension Team (CPAT) - created as part of the Governor’s parole reforms - in less than 8 months has arrested or located 2,598 parolees-at-large, a record for the fastest and largest reduction of fleeing offenders in state history.
The number of parolees who have absconded parole supervision and are currently at large in California has decreased from 15,927 when CPAT units were formed in January, 2010 to 13,329 by mid-August.
The current number of 13,329 active parolees-at-large (PALs) is also the lowest in at least 15 years. By comparison, the highest number of PALs in California occurred in 2003 when there were 19,954.
The establishment of CPAT is part of the recent parole reforms by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) that directs more intense focus on those individuals that pose the most risk to public safety.
“This is a significant and ongoing victory for public safety,” said CDCR’s Division of Adult Parole Operations Director Robert Ambroselli, who oversees the unit. “Dedicated parole agents and staff work tirelessly every day to protect Californians. Parole reforms have allowed us to focus on the most serious offenders who are highest risk for potentially harming someone in the public.”
The new apprehension team was created in part through a reallocation of resources made possible by recent parole reforms. CPAT team members have received extensive training in fugitive apprehension, database searches, social networking, field tactics and firearms training at CDCR’s Office of Correctional Safety Academy. CDCR has equipped CPAT with computer technology to help seek and find high-risk PALs, including locating deceased PALs or those taken into custody in other states. CPAT teams consist of a Regional Intelligence (Intel) Unit located in each of four regional offices and multiple field apprehension teams spread throughout the regions.
For examples of parolees captured and for the history of the Division of Adult Parole Operations efforts to capture parolees-at-large, visit the department’s web site at http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/.
Also, please see attached fact sheets on recent arrests, history and statistics.
Of the 2,598 parolees-at-large captures, 90 were sex offenders, and approximately 75 percent were classified as High Control. Some examples of PALs recently apprehended for non-compliance include:
CPAT History & Statistics
On August 1, 2010, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) launched historic parole reforms, phasing in 2009 legislation passed by the Legislature and signed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and implementing a new parole supervision model. With an overall goal to concentrate parole supervision resources on those parolees proven to be a high risk to commit a crime, CDCR is significantly lowering parole case loads from 70 parolees per agent to 48 parolees per agent. In addition, the parole division increased its efforts to capture parolees who have absconded from supervision, and placed more than 800 known gang members on active Global Positioning System (GPS) monitoring. CDCR dedicated 47 parole agents, supervisors and parole service associates and $70,000.00 in technology to search for these individuals.
As of August 15, 2010 the number of parolees-at-large is 13,329, 12.5 percent of the total parolee population, which is near the national average. The number of parolees-at-large, in two of the four California parole regions, are now below or near the national average.
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