AP: More Sex Offenders Become Fugitives Under Brown’s New Law

SACRAMENTO (AP) — The number of paroled sex offenders who are fugitives in California is 15 percent higher today than before Gov. Jerry Brown’s sweeping law enforcement realignment law took effect 17 months ago.

The increase amounts to 360 more sex offenders whose whereabouts were unknown and who were not reporting to their parole officers last year.

The Associated Press obtained the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation data on Wednesday before they were publicly released.

The data show that 2,706 paroled sex offenders disappeared in the 15 months since Brown’s realignment law took effect in October 2011, compared to 2,346 in the 15 months before realignment.

That’s an average of 180 sex offender fugitives each month, up from 156 before realignment.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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