SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sex-offender parolees who remove or disable their satellite-linked tracking devices would face an increased penalty under legislation sent to Gov. Jerry Brown.
A law passed two years ago to ease prison overcrowding sends parole violators to county jails instead of state prison. But many serve little or no time because jails have become overcrowded.READ MORE: California's Power Grid Operator Urges Residents To Conserve Energy Amid Heat Wave
SB57 by Democratic Sen. Ted Lieu of Torrance requires that the state parole board order offenders who remove their GPS-linked ankle bracelets to serve six months in jail. It was narrowed from the original version, which would have sent offenders back to state prison.READ MORE: Sacramento Police Officer Accused Of Domestic Violence No Longer Facing Charges
The measure received final approval from the state Senate Wednesday with a 39-0 vote.MORE NEWS: Sacramento Zoo Enforces Early Closures As Heatwave Hits Valley
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