Parole Reentry Court, aka “coddle court”

We recently ran this story about Judge Vlavianos’ court program that aims to keep parole violators out of prison. The California Senate Office of Oversight and Outcomes then published this case study of how the program works in Santa Clara County. Judge Vlavianos also made this report, as did San Joaquin County Deputy DA Ed Busuittil, who explained why his office isn’t participating. He said, in short that, if parolees violate, they should go back to prison.

“This pilot program came during a kind of a perfect storm in San Joaquin County,” Busuttil said. “We’re laying off attorneys — the last thing we need is another calendar or courtroom to staff. It’s bad timing – maybe if this was 2004 we might have been a little more open to it. Even if we had the staff, though, our overall philosophy is that we don’t want the Reentry Court to become a plea-negotiation chip. Our position is this: You violate parole, then you do your time in state prison, and not in one of these ‘coddle’ courts.”

Asked what it would take to get prosecutors to buy into the Reentry Court process, Busuttil said it would take dollars: “Money would be necessary – we wouldn’t mind some trickle-down money. If the state wants to buy us a person to sit in there and make objections, okay.” more

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