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NJ parole officers protest furloughs

May 26, 2009 11:16:29 AM PDT
Calling it a vacation day for criminals, New Jersey parole officers are protesting their forced unpaid day off. At a Statehouse rally Tuesday, parole officers argued that they should have been exempt from furloughs, just as police and corrections officers were.

More than 400 parole officers have been furloughed. About 35 officers who monitor juvenile offenders were off on Friday, and 375 others were off on Tuesday. Only those officers who supervise sex offenders and parolees wearing ankle monitors were allowed to stay on the job.

Kip Astrom, president of Local 326 of the Police Benevolent Association, estimates that more than 5,000 parolees - including gang members and violent offenders - went unsupervised on Tuesday.

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