Six prisons also slated for closure according to DAPO conference call
June 21, 2011 | PacoVilla Corrections blog
SACRAMENTO — In a statewide conference call conducted last week by California’s director of parole operations, it was revealed 80% of all employees of CDCR’s Division of Parole Operations (DAPO) will be laid off in 2014.
PacoVilla Corrections blog has confirmed Parole Director Robert Ambroselli hosted the call, which was was open to all employees throughout the state’s 4 parole regions. Director Ambroselli reportedly stated the Governor’s Office had developed a plan to effectively end the state parole function as of fiscal year 2014.
Parole agents report Ambroselli indicated DAPO would be reduced to approximately 20% of its current size — Fully 80% of all field staff were advised to “look for work” or face certain termination within 3 years.
Call participants were also told CDCR would not be complying with Department of Personnel Administration regulations regarding layoffs. Specifically, “statewide bumping rights” will not be honored — DAPO field employees receiving layoff notices may only “bump” junior employees working in the same county. As a result of this decision, parole employees working in counties without a state prison within county lines face certain unemployment, irrespective of seniority.
Los Angeles County employees will suffer the largest hit, as over 25% of the entire state parole population is supervised in that county. Compounding this is the presence of a single prison within the Los Angeles County lines: CSP Lancaster. That prison could find itself in an operational uproar as thousands of pink-slipped parole staff begin picking over the seniority rosters in search of a body to “bump.”
In addition to announcing the pending cuts to parole, Ambroselli was quoted stating CDCR would be “closing 6 prisons” once Governor Brown had fully implemented AB109’s “parole redirection” and “complied fully with the Supreme Court’s release order.”