In a seminal study of four California cities released Tuesday, Sacramento had the highest rate of crime committed by probationers and parolees.
The findings were in a report by the Council of State Governments Justice Center. The center said its report quantifies for the first time how much of a locality's crimes are committed by parolees and probationers.
Other studies typically measure recidivism rates – the rate at which parolees or probationers reoffend.
Recently retired Sacramento Police Chief Rick Braziel was instrumental in getting the study started, as he wanted more information about how to predict and stop crime before it happens.
"In California, with the big reduction of funding, we have to get smarter about fighting crime," he said.
The report found that from Jan. 1, 2008, to June 30, 2011, 22 percent of crime was committed in the four cities by probationers and parolees. Sacramento had the highest figure of the four cities, with 30 percent of crime involving parolees or probationers.
That is higher than the three other cities studied – Los Angeles with 23 percent, Redlands with 22 percent and San Francisco with 11 percent……Sacramento parolees, probationers commit more crimes in limited study - Sacramento City News - The Sacramento Bee