California isn’t the only state having problems with the issue, as reported in this story from the Detroit Free Press.
“As the Michigan Department of Corrections searches for ways to manage its nearly $2-billion budget, it is releasing ex-cons into the community who are committing a growing number of violent crimes, a Free Press investigation found.
“The MDOC and the union that represents parole and probation agents blame each other for the problems, but while they debate the cause, the result is clear and disturbing: Convicts who should have been behind bars or closely monitored were left on the streets unchecked, attacking and killing innocent victims.
“A seven-month Free Press investigation found the MDOC failed to properly supervise some of the most violent of the state’s roughly 70,000 offenders under its watch. A total of 88 parolees and probationers were suspected, arrested or convicted in 95 murders between Jan. 1, 2010, and Aug. 31. The number nearly doubled from 2010 to 2011 — from 21 to 38. And already in the first eight months of this year, 36 killings have been attributed to ex-cons under MDOC supervision, according to department critical incident reports.
“The victims included an 80-year-old Royal Oak woman whose throat was slit, a 12-year-old Detroit girl who was shot to death and a Farmington Hills family who were brutally beaten with baseball bats.
“Among the MDOC’s failures: Offenders weren’t outfitted with court-ordered electronic tethers, agents didn’t send people back to prison for new crimes or failed drug tests, and in some cases, agents falsified documents by claiming to have made visits or calls with offenders that never occurred.”