October 31, 2014
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Stable housing is critical to the success of low-level felons being released under California Gov. Jerry Brown's prison reform law.
Yet county probation officials who are now responsible for tracking these former inmates say homelessness remains a problem for the parolees and could undermine the law's success.
County officials say the number of homeless offenders hasn't changed significantly since the passage of the so-called realignment law.
But now, it's the responsibility of counties to find them housing - not state parole - and the burden in some cases is heavy.
Counties across the state are dealing with the problem in different ways. Many are trying a patchwork of solutions as they adapt.
Some counties report that as many as 1 in 5 low-level prison parolees are reporting as homeless.
Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or email@example.com.