California Offenders No Longer Eligible for Early Release if Convicted of Murder of Police Officer

Bell Gardens police Officer Steven Perez salutes as the coroner's van departs from the scene where Downey police Officer Ricardo Galvez was found shot to death in the driver's seat of his vehicle in a Downey parking lot on Nov. 19, 2015. (Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

California offenders will no longer be eligible for early release from parole if they have been convicted of murder in the death of a police officer.

Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed legislation that exempts offenders from consideration for compassionate or medical release.

Currently under the law, the secretary of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the Board of Parole Hearings determine whether a prisoner meets those provisions.

Offenders are typically recommended for early release if they have six months or less to live and would not pose a threat to public safety under court conditions or if a prisoner is permanently medically incapacitated.

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