STOCKTON — A squabble over paperwork deadlines between county officials in Central California and state prison authorities is leading to the early release of alleged parole violators.
The Stockton Record reported Monday that San Joaquin County judges are releasing suspected parole violators from jail if California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officials fail to provide the necessary records within 48 hours of an arrest.
A CDCR spokesman said in most cases the department can’t meet such a strict deadline. He said other California counties adhere to a five-day deadline.
Adjudicating parole violations was recently switched from state oversight to local courts as a result of California’s so-called jail realignment plan.
The realignment program has shifted some felons from prisons to county jails.