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SONORA POLICE DEPARTMENT
PRESS RELEASE

Date and Time of Release: 2 February 2010

Date and Time of Incident: 2 February 2010

Subject: CDCR Early Release Program Already Failing
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The new California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Early Release Program is up and running, along with their new Non-Revocable Parole (NRP) program.

The NRP program is a non supervised version of parole, where the parolee does not report to a parole agent, cannot have a parole hold placed on them for violating the law, and cannot be returned to custody for a parole violation for any reason.

The question with local law enforcement was, how long before we saw our first offender from this program, based on the extremely high recidivism rate. Well it didn’t take long at all, but then again, this was not a big surprise to local law enforcement officials.

2 February 2010, at approx. 11:41 am, the Sonora Police Department received a report of an erratic driver who was possibly under the influence. Officers located the vehicle and stopped it on the 1100 block of Mono Way.

Officers contacted the driver, Jimmy Lloyd Lindsey of Sonora. Lindsey is on the NRP program and was sent to prison for drunk driving. Lindsey was recently released and does not report to a parole agent and is unsupervised. Officers determined that Lindsey was driving under the influence and he was placed under arrest.

This is Lindsey’s fifth arrest since 2005, for driving under the influence. Lindsey is a “non violent” offender according to CDCR. However, he continues committing the same offense and putting people in harm’s way. He could have easily been involved in a vehicle accident today and injured or killed innocent people.

Following Lindsey’s arrest, he was transported to the Tuolumne County Jail and booked for driving under the influence and driving with a suspended driver’s license.

There are currently 21 NRP parolees living in Tuolumne County, which the CDCR no longer tracks or are required to have current addresses or information on. Another disturbing fact is that documented street gang members can also be placed on this program.