Let me tell you a story of just how it is getting out under covid-19. Its not my story its the story of a man just released a few weeks ago. He related to me that CDCR calls you down to R&R (Receiving and Release) with all you property you have in a bag or tub. you dress in what cloths you have or that that's donated to the prison, in most cases its sweats or if you were lucky cloths your family sent to you. from there one of the officers from your tier, pod, dorm, will drive you directly to a motel in your county of parole where they house you in quarantine for 14 days. During this time you meals and basic needs are supposed to be provided. As it turns out this service is sketchy at best. There is a budget in place that is to allow you to order breakfast, lunch, and dinner. however the delivery of food is not what it should be sometimes it comes sometimes it don't and they end up having to spend there own money at a gas station on junk food or at a restaurant to make up for not getting what should be provided. They are on restriction as to leaving the motel, so going to a store is out of the question. Those on parole are most often headed to some type of program where housing is provided yet those on probation are turned out into the streets to make it on there own. All this takes place in the 14 days they are required to stay in quarantine.
This Pandemic we are going through is causing undue hardships on those paroling and placing them in danger of relapse back in to there former life style. It has turned what should be a simple process into a nightmare for those not able or knowledgeable enough to navigate this new world they are being released into, remember some of these have been in prison for a very long time decades in some cases. I bring this to your attention so if you have the time you can call CDCR, Parole and your local reps to encourage better management of those getting out. It not only helps the guys and girls getting out but makes the community safer when there is a fair chance at success.