Jesse and Parole


Curfew and other rules are much more stringent in the half-way house (he describes it as more like a boarding home). There, he had to be in each night by 7:00 PM. His PO [Parole Officer], said that he did not have a curfew while he was living at home. He said that when you are paying your own way, you don’t have a curfew—you are on your own.

On vehicles: he said that they want a picture of the car and the license number of it when you start driving. If you are out late at night and the police run your license plate on the car it will show up that you are a parolee. He said it gives them a “green light” to do whatever they want with you. He said the best bet is to ride with someone else.

On his Parole Officer: he said he has the best parole officer in the whole Sacramento Metro Unit. He said that his parole officer told him that he though he was going to make it out of parole. The PO said that when he first read his paperwork, he estimated that Jesse would not make it more than three months before he was violated. Now that he knows Jesse, the PO feels otherwise. He cautions Jesse to be careful and follow all the rules. He had given Jesse many Job Applications one to Cal-trans and other good job possibilities. He goes out of his way to help him. All the other parole officers in the Metro Unit are poor.

On his housing: Jesse had recently moved from the downtown half-way house to his parents home in North Sacramento. A couple of weeks ago his PO told him he was going to have to move to another location, away from his parents. Jesse was told that he had to move because of “his community.” He said that when Jesse leaves his parents house he passes by four schools on his way to work. They (his parents neighbors) all know he is a 290 high-risk to re-offend. When he leaves each morning he is followed form his parents house out of the neighborhoods by mothers who are upset that he is living near their area. He said that “It’s horrible” and very tough on his parents who are friends with the neighbors. The neighbors have pulled up next to him at stop signs and roll down their windows and yell out, ‘You Sick Son-of-a-Bitch!” They just want him out of the neighborhood.

On his work: He works two jobs one at DMV. He parks cars at DMV. His other job is in Roseville. He drives a fork-lift at a wrecking yard. He was friendly with a family that lived near the yard. Lately it seemed they were sullen and distant towards him. He did not see the kid out playing in the yard. He asked his boss and was told that the police had come out and talked with the family and that’s why they weren’t friendly. They came clear out to Roseville to notice neighbors where he worked about his conviction info. He has worked 15 days straight.

On Profile: Jesse was told that he was to have a scheduled profile. When he went there were 40 people, men and women from at least 5 different agencies (Sheriffs, Police Officers, parole, FBI, DoJ and the DA and his parole officer). They asked all sorts of questions about his case information and how he was doing on Parole. It was not a pleasant experience.

He said his PO would give him addresses of places for him to live. The [Studio Apts and SRO’s] is where a friend of his lives in downtown Sacramento. Utilities included and furnished rooms. (Only have single rooms with cooking on the 2nd floor—Rent is $500/w/cable)

Psychiatrist: He has to see him once a month—He tells him not to bring up his case information as it makes him feel like shit. He tells him how he’s doing on the outside. If you don’t see him once a month—you can get violated for not going. You need the Psychiatrist’s ok.

Classes: he said they have classes/groups where you are supposed to talk about your problems. He has not done this yet as he is working two jobs.

On getting transferred to Yolo Country: He said you would have to see your parole officer and more than likely he would say No. He said that a lot of south state parolees are sent to Sacramento because it’s a special unit for 290's (Metro 3). He is designated as a “High Risk.”

Department of Corrections
Special Conditions of Parole

 Parole 1 

 Parole 2

 Parole 3


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