SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Corrections officials are looking to drop the arrest warrants of thousands of parole violators in an attempt to relieve overcrowding in California's state prisons and county jails.
The Los Angeles Times reports Saturday that the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation plans to start a major review next week of more than 9,000 outstanding warrants of parole violators.
Starting with those convicted of nonviolent crimes, field offices will be given lists of missing felons 200 at a time to determine whether pursuing them would be in the "interest of justice."
Corrections spokesman Jeffrey Callison tells the Times the effort will weed out older, less urgent cases and allow a focus on dangerous parolees.
But victims' advocates including some in the state legislature are calling the undertaking amnesty for felons.
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