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. Yet Gov. Jerry Brown's sweeping overhaul of prison parole on the Nov. 8 ballot, 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 . . .
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