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Antonovich claims electronic monitoring short-circuits public safety

Posted: August 17, 2009 5:43 p.m.
Updated: August 18, 2009 12:34 p.m.
 
LOS ANGELES COUNTY - As the state continues to grapple with proposed budget curtailments to the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the recent ruling by the three-judge panel on prison overcrowding, Supervisor Michael Antonovich says the state plan to release prisoners and place them on electronic monitoring threatens public safety.

"Electronic monitoring short-circuits the justice system," Antonovich said in a statement.

When a parolee on electronic monitoring violates the terms of the program, a signal is sent to a contracted vendor -- which may be out-of-state or out of the country. That vendor then notifies state parole of the violation.

Since state parole is significantly understaffed, the burden to respond when contracted vendors report violations will fall on the shoulders of local law enforcement already stretched thin due to budget cuts statewide.

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