California – In January 2010, a California federal district court ruling mandated that the state cut the California prison population by approximately 40,000 over a two-year period. While the January ruling is currently under review by the Supreme Court, local California officials are still preparing for the outcome of significantly reducing the prison population.
Among the proposed solutions for lowering the prison population is non-revocable parole (NRP), a program that is the non-supervised version of parole where parolees do not report to a parole agent. Although non-revocable parolees are not supervised, they are still subject to being search at any time. Sex offenders, serious or violent crime felons, validated prison gang members and people who pose a “high risk” to re-offend are not eligible for NRP.
The state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation cites the following benefits to the NRP program:
1. Removes low level offenders from parole supervision
2. Allows CDCR to focus parole supervision on the most serious and violent parolees
3. Allows law enforcement to continue to conduct warrant-less searches on NRP parolees
4. Reduces the number of parolees returned to custody for parole violations
5. Reduces the need for bed space in county jails and state prisons