Excerpts from state parole documents
After the state corrections department refused to provide parole supervision records of two men charged with the rape and murder of four women, The Los Angeles Times filed suit for release of the records. A Sacramento County judge ordered that portions of the files —some 1,000 pages— be made public. They show parole agents were aware the two sex offenders spent time together, despite a prohibition for such contact. They also show field checks on the parolees often took place shortly after leaving a state parole office, rather than in the community where the visits might provide more information.
Corrections department staff said the agency conducted its own internal review of the supervision of Cano and Gordon, and took no adverse action against parole agents. Spokeswoman Deborah Hoffman said the supervision “met the requirements for monthly field visits, weekly parole office check-ins and daily track reviews.”
The corrections department was allowed to withhold some records and to block out portions of those they provided. Those redactions appear in black. The newspaper in addition has blocked out the names of parole agents, who have been accused of no wrongdoing, and of personal phone numbers of law enforcement officers. Those redactions appear in red.
Sources: Court-ordered release of California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation parole supervision records for Franc Cano and Steven Gordon.