POLICE PLANNING SWEEP OF DOWNEY IN SEARCH OF PAROLEESBy Herald American
DOWNEY (Via Herald American)—Officers from the Downey Police Department are coordinating with law enforcement officials from several other cities to conduct a sweep of the city to verify the addresses of 69 parolees reported to live there.
The sweep—similar to others that have already occurred in surrounding cities—is a ripple effect of the realignment of California’s prison system in 2011 under Assembly Bill 109. Designed to comply with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling to relieve overcrowding in California prisons, realignment allows for non-violent, non-serious, non-sex offender felons to be moved from state prison to local jurisdictions to complete their sentences or be paroled.
In a report to the Downey City Council, Lt. Dean Milligan said the city has been notified of the 69 parolees and their addresses by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. But he said area police agencies have found that some 60 percent of the addresses are incorrect.
“We want to identify the parolee and his address so we can keep an eye on them,” Milligan said.