Being released from prison is certainly something to celebrate – but not if it means going right back to jail. This didn’t stop 32-year-old Angela Angerman, who upon being released, immediately set out to violate the terms of her felony (or ‘formal’) probation by getting drunk and driving a 1998 Ford Mustang into a parked car, a tree, and then a home on Keoke Court. Despite this self-created obstacle course, Angerman managed to drive the car for another several blocks before noticing that at least two of the Mustang’s tires were flat and was caught by police officers as she stumbled down the street. Ironically, Angerman was brought right back to Sonoma County Jail – the place she’d just been released from the afternoon before.
In the state of California, probation and parole are meant to be alternatives to incarceration (CA Penal Code §1203). Felony parole is different than misdemeanor parole. Felony parole means having to report once per month (or more frequently) to a probation officer (or “P.O.”), to get regularly tested for drugs, and (usually) to keep a steady job. Angerman, who would have remained relatively free, will now most likely face her remaining term in jail. She may even face upwards of 18 months – the maximum sentence in parole and probation violations. Credit is given, however, for any amount of time spent in custody between the original arrest and sentencing.
Suffice it to say: celebrating your release from prison is one thing, but landing yourself back in jail within 24 hours is ridiculous.