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Parole Process Improving Says Inspector General

Sacramento, CA — The prison system´s independent inspector general says California is doing a better job providing quick hearings for ex-convicts accused of violating their parole.

The state´s failure to provide speedy hearings violated a federal lawsuit settlement Governor Schwarzenegger signed on his first day in office in November 2003.

That was shortly after the government´s watchdog Little Hoover Commission labeled California´s parole system a “billion-dollar failure.”

Both the inspector general and inmate advocates say there have been fewer delays in recent months in hearings for former inmates who could have their parole revoked and be returned to prison.