The head of California’s prison system has proposed halting supervision of paroled felons and eliminating the mental health care many inmates receive after release. The proposals, which critics said would endanger public safety, were not taken seriously by some analysts who believe they amount to warning state legislators against cutting the prison budget.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Corrections Director Edward Alameida proposed the cuts because there are few other ways to meet a 10% cost-cutting rule from Gov. Gray Davis. A corrections department spokesperson called the plan “a doomsday scenario.”
Legislators criticized the idea. “Mr. Alameida wants to endanger the California public by laying off parole agents that protect the citizens from sex offenders and other violent felons,” said Assemblyman Rudy Bermudez (D-Norwalk), an ex-parole officer who heads a subcommittee that oversees prisons.