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Report: 2,022 warrants outstanding for parolees

Posted: March 5, 2013 6:23 p.m.
Updated: March 5, 2013 6:23 p.m.

More than 2,000 convicted criminals released under Los Angeles County Probation Department supervision due to realignment have slipped supervision and are missing, officials said Tuesday.

A report presented Tuesday to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors shows 2,022 active warrants issued by the end of January for so-called “absconders” — people released on parole or probation who have failed to fulfill their court-mandated responsibilities.

Those released on parole or probation are often given a list of court-mandated activities, said Carol Lin, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Probation Department.

These include checking in with their supervising officers and can also entail participating in mental health or drug treatment.

If people do not fulfill these obligations, a bench warrant can be issued for their arrest, Lin said.

Every one of the 2,022 warrants was issued because there is reason to believe a person is attempting to elude supervision, Lin said.

January’s figure was 400 more than the number in December and the most recorded since the beginning of realignment in October 2011.

The number of outstanding warrants is cumulative and can include absconders from the beginning of state realignment in October 2011, according to board documents.

State realignment became the law of the land with the passage of Assembly Bill 109 in October 2011. Under the provisions of the law, the state can divert criminals whose crimes were classified as non-sexual, non-serious and non-violent in nature — so-called “non-non-nons” — from state prisons to county jails.

Some of those inmates were then released under county supervision.

Jerry Powers, the county’s chief probation officer, said Tuesday the county Probation Department had approximately 10,445 non-non-nons under its supervision by the end of January.

About 58 percent of those offenders are classified as “high” or “very high” risk. The higher the risk classification, the more likely the offender is to commit another crime, Powers said.

Since realignment became law, the number of absconders in the county has grown along with the realignment population. In January, for instance, the county issued 614 warrants and apprehended 394 absconders — the highest figures since last October.

Since the beginning of realignment, the county has issues 5,105 such warrants and apprehended 3,067 absconders, according to statistics from the county.
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