By CHRISTINA VILLACORTE | Daily News, Los Angeles
Sept. 22–With the state's prison population shrinking rapidly by order of the U.S. Supreme Court, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is scaling back operations and issuing pink slips to many prison guards and parole agents next week.
The downsizing comes a year after Gov. Jerry Brown's realignment plan took effect…
Layoffs are to take effect Oct. 30, but it remains unknown how many employees would be affected.
As of June, CDCR was overstaffed by 472 corrections officers and 148 parole officers…
That includes 110 corrections officers at the state prison in Lancaster and 46 parole officers throughout Los Angeles County.
Employees received a letter in June saying they had been given “surplus status” because “CDCR has more employees in (their) classification than it has vacancies.” It also advised them to seek out other jobs within the state or elsewhere…
Parole offices in Panorama City and Inglewood will be shuttered at the end of October. Another closure, in Long Beach, is scheduled in March.
Several other parole offices are merging, according to the website of the Parole Agents Association of California…(Full text at Daily News)
This is a is a dark week in the devolving history of the State of California.
For all its warts and shortcomings, the state's incarceration model and community supervision regimen served the public well.
The Dugard mess was an aberration in an organization that protected and saved countless, unnamed citizens. Uncommitted crime is, after all, impossible to quantify. Nonetheless, our policy of preemptive intervention kept countless offenders who were committing crimes out of circulation. Now, they're out there.
So it is, fewer CO's and parole agents are needed as the counties absorb erstwhile dangerous offenders now labeled non-non-nons. Soon enough, the professed need for fewer CPO's will lead to more layoffs, beyond those already slated.
California is broke. Everyone knows it and we have to make some tough choices to get back in the black. In that context, Governor Brown and the Dems who run this state decided, unilaterally, public safety is a lower priority than High Speed Rail in Hanford — Locking up felons and supervising them upon release doesn't make the cut.
They used the Court as an excuse for amputating before the X-rays were in. However, AB109 was and is all about money — Money the counties will be missing soon enough.
Condolences and best wishes to those who receive notice this week. -