After a federal court ordered California to reduce prison overcrowding, a number of measures were put into place that result in early prison releases, including early parole consideration for individuals characterized as “non-violent second-strikers.” In order to qualify, inmates must not currently be serving a sentence for a crime which is legally categorized as a “violent felony” and must not be required to register as sex offenders.
The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) has an early parole determination process. The Board of Parole Hearings determines whether an offender would pose an unreasonable risk to public safety based on criminal history, behavior in prison, rehabilitation efforts, and written statements.
The County of San Luis Obispo District Attorney’s Office takes an active role in evaluating these cases and writes letters to the Board with an overview of the inmate’s criminal history, and an opinion regarding the public safety risk posed by the inmate and the appropriateness, or lack thereof, of an inmate’s early release.
Many of the offenders who are granted early release from prison have violent and lengthy criminal histories. The District Attorney's Office feels it is important for the public to be aware of the offenders being released early from prison into our neighborhoods.
This webpage was created to provide the names and criminal overview of the offenders who have been released early despite our opposition. This list will be updated on a regular basis.