Thousands of nonviolent ex-convicts could soon be freed from supervision after six months of parole instead of the usual three years.
It's part of a policy change that tries to ferret out those least likely to commit new crimes.
Prison officials tell reporters they are rolling out the new policy this fall. If it works as expected, the policy could be used statewide next year.
Corrections Secretary James Tilton says weeding out low-risk offenders will let parole agents concentrate on dangerous ex-convicts like sex offenders and gang members.
Parole agents say the policy could harm crime-fighting efforts.
Their union is locked in a contract fight with Governor Schwarzenegger's administration.