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Judge: California must consider earlier parole for sex offenders

A state judge says California must consider earlier parole for potentially thousands of sex offenders, maybe even those convicted of pimping children.

Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Allen Sumner preliminarily ordered prison officials to rewrite part of the regulations for Proposition 57.

The 2016 ballot measure allows earlier parole for most state prison inmates, but Gov. Jerry Brown promised voters all sex offenders would be excluded.

Sumner said Friday the scope must be narrowed to only those now serving time for a violent sex offense. And he said the Corrections Department must better define what falls into that category.

The judge said those who already served their time for a sex crime, even a violent one, and now are imprisoned for a different crime should be eligible for early release.

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