Jaycee Dugard

Why Gov. Jerry Brown is staking so much on overhauling prison parole

Why Gov. Jerry Brown is staking so much on overhauling prison parole

Few California voters likely know much, if anything, about the state Board of Parole Hearings — from the qualifications of the 12 commissioners to their success in opening the prison gates for only those who can safely return to the streets.

And yet Gov. Jerry Brown’s sweeping overhaul of prison parole, Proposition 57, is squarely a question of whether those parole officials should be given additional latitude to offer early release to potentially thousands of prisoners over the next few years.

“I feel very strongly that this is the correct move,” Brown told The Times in a recent...

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