The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) announced on March 9 it will make a significant adjustment to its current policies as it relates to its retention of parole files.
The review of the department’s policy is in response to a San Diego homicide case involving suspect John Albert Gardner, a former California inmate and parolee who was discharged from state supervision in 2008.
Effective immediately, CDCR will retain all documents related to the parole supervision of all sex offenders indefinitely after discharge from parole supervision.
“I have worked closely with the Governor on this issue and share his belief that files related to sex offenders be retained for as long as possible,” said CDCR Secretary Matthew Cate. “I have directed my parole staff to immediately retain all information related to sex offenders. We will continue to support local law enforcement in their investigation into this matter.”
In addition, CDCR will release any documents related to the parole supervision of John Albert Gardner that may have been retained in this individual’s main Central File. The release of those documents will be in accordance with the law and in coordination with local investigators and court orders to ensure it will not hinder their ongoing investigation.