Next week, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDRC) announces new policies, including a stricter 60-day limit on paying rent for parolees newly released from prison. The agency says in the past 12 months, the state has paid out almost $20 million in housing assistance for 7,897 parolees. Almost 5,000 of those parolees are convicted sex offenders.
“A lot of the guys are of the mentality that I’m not gonna do this, ya know, and they’re gonna just cut the (GPS) monitors off and go. I mean, I hear guys talking about it every day,” said a 57-year-old sex offender parolee named Russ. He was just booted from his room at a downtown Sacramento hotel because his parole agent said the state won’t pay his $485 rent anymore. Russ isn’t sure what his next move will be, but he said many he knows could likely turn to their old ways without a place to live.
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