Sex offenders can’t get special parole, board told

Persons required to register as a sex offender are not eligible to be included in the state’s new non-revocable parole program the Board of Supervisors was told Tuesday.

The issue was raised by Supervisor Mike Antonovich, who said, “Recent reports point to the reluctance by the state to revoke parole for sex offenders for parole violations due to prison overcrowding.”

Sheriff’s captain William McSweeney said sex offenders on parole in the county are supervised through the SAFE (Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement) team in the special victims unit.

About 4,000 paroled sex offenders are supervised by the sheriff, with a centralized team and representatives at each station.

The department is concerned the state might bargain down parole impositions to make offenders possibly eligible for limited supervision in the NRP program, he said.

April has been declared sexual assault awareness month by President Obama. In Glendale, the month will be observed in a Take Back the Night Rally on April 29, self defense classes and fundraisers to combat domestic violence.

Commission on Women chair Paula Devine said a major concern this year is the spate of kidnap/murders of young women.

By Charles COOPER