The Bureau of Prisons is trying to close a backlog of 2.7 million parole applications and is working with state officials to fix a backlog that has slowed the processing of more than half a million applications since July.
On Thursday, Gov.
Jerry Brown announced that the California Department of Corrections would re-open the parole system to applicants and parolees who have already received a full pardon and have not committed a crime.
Brown said that the system would reopen within the next 30 days.
The governor has already ordered that a parole board be established to oversee the reopening.
The new system will be overseen by the State Prison Officers Association, which represents more than 100,000 state prison officers.
The board will review applicants’ criminal history, whether they were involved in a violent crime, and whether they have ever violated parole conditions.
If the board finds they meet the criteria, they will be given parole.
If they do not, they would be placed on probation for five years.
Previously, applicants would have to meet parole criteria and had to stay away from prison for five to 10 years before being eligible for parole.
The agency also said that if applicants failed to meet their parole criteria, it would notify them of the revocation and they would have 30 days to appeal.
The Department of Public Safety said that it will be working with the state corrections department to determine what additional steps need to be taken to make the system easier for people to get parole.
A number of governors have asked the federal government to help improve the parole process, including the governors of Florida, Mississippi, and New Jersey.