Kevin Sabet has an op-ed in Chief Kerlikowske’s hometown paper. And Judge Steven Alm, the policy entrepreneur behind the H.O.P.E. probation-enforcement project that has succeeded in greatly reducing the methamphetamine consumption of Hawaii’s probationers, wants the California State government to take notice. If the federal courts actually order the release of 30,000 prisoners, we’d better be ready to supervise them properly once they’re back home.
Question: does Prop 36 make H.O.P.E.-style drug testing and sanctions infeasible for parolees in California? Or could the releases be let out on furlough rather than released on parole, leaving them technically still “prisoners” rather than “parolees” and thus potentially subject to tighter supervision?