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No Supervision for Many High Risk Criminals Under Realignment: The Baldwin Park Patch has this article by City News Service which reports there are high-risk parolees from state prisons and more offenders coming out of county jails who are not being placed under supervision according to Los Angeles County Chief Probation Officer Jerry Powers. Powers stated about 59 percent of the 9,750 parolees realigned over the past year in California are at high-risk of re offending and only 1 percent are considered low-risk. 12 percent of those released are homeless or transient. Powers adds that more than 90 percent of offenders being released from county jails are not placed under supervision. These convicts are being released after serving straight custodial sentences.

Chowchilla Prison Begins Housing Male Inmates: Marc Benjamin of the Fresno Bee reports 100 male inmates moved from prisons on Thursday across California to the Valley State Prison in Chowchilla which formerly housed only female inmates. The male inmates are classified as lower-security level 2 inmates. Female inmates will gradually be transferred to the Central California Women's Facility, the California Institution for Women in Southern California, and a women-only prison in Folsom. The Chowchilla Prison is expected to become a male inmate only facility by early 2013.

W. VA Recidivism Costs State At Minimum $168M: The Associated Press reports recidivism in West Virginia has cost the state a minimum of $168 million from 2007 to 2011 according to Council of State Governments Justice Center researchers. The costs come from 2,506 parole revocations, 2,389 probation revocations, and 591 community corrections revocations.

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