California Violates Parolees’ Rights

U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton ruled in a class action suit Wednesday that the State of California violates juvenile parole violators’ right to due process by holding them in custody for too long–sometimes for several months–before providing them with a hearing. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the umbrella over the Division of Juvenile Justice, has been given one month to come into compliance. Which raises an interesting question: Given the CDCR’s proven incompetence when it comes to acting in a timely and responsible manner, what happens if (hell, I might even say when) the department breaks Karlton’s deadline?

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