1893 parole law reshapes California prison system

Thanks to the 1893 parole law, those serving sentences in California's two prisons were given an incentive to be on their best behavior: release. T...

July 21, 2022
8:52 PM

Thanks to the 1893 parole law, those serving sentences in California's two prisons were given an incentive to be on their best behavior: release. The new law marked a turning point for the state correctional system, created by the state's first female attorney. Parole law crafted by state's first female attorney Clara Shortridge Foltz crafted the state parole law. Clara Shortridge Foltz was California's first female attorney (1878). A pioneer in every sense of the word, as well as an agent of change, was Clara Shortridge Foltz.

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