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More Commissioners Needed For Parole Hearings

The state Board of Prison Terms wants 24 more deputy commissioners to handle a backlog of 7,000 parole revocation hearings. But Inspector General Steve White says the board´s current deputy commissioners overstate how much work they do. He says the board would need about half the 60 deputy commissioners it now has if the remaining commissioners worked harder. He also says they make life-altering decisions to revoke former convicts´ paroles with little supervision or review.

The board´s chairwoman agrees with most of the findings. But Governor Davis says he´s confident the board´s staff is making progress.