District 3 Supervisor Susan Peters Gives Update on Parolee Christopher Lawyer
As promised, here is an update. The State of California's Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) reports it has taken action to transfer convicted Colorado rapist Christopher Lawyer back to Colorado. As we all learned recently, he had been allowed to move to California and take up residence in Carmichael under an interstate compact agreement but he was discovered to have violated his parole which has kept him presently in County Jail.
This is positive news for the community’s safety and thanks is due to the hard work and investigative efforts by the District Attorney’s Office, the Sheriff’s Department and CDCR that led to the determination that the parolee’s actions have violated the interstate compact that allowed him to be transferred to California in the first place. As a result, CDCR notified Colorado on March 5 about sending him back. Colorado must now either agree to take him back or request a Probable Cause Hearing. CDCR says if Colorado agrees to retake the offender CDCR will work immediately to extradite him. If Colorado requests a hearing that will require scheduling one before Sacramento Superior Court and the District Attorney’s Office will represent us. Colorado has 10 days to respond from the issuance of the notice so we all are now awaiting Colorado’s response.
We should all be grateful to District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert and Sheriff Scott Jones for the direction they gave to their staffs to leave no stone unturned with respect to investigating the conduct of the parolee which has resulted in keeping him behind bars thereby ensuring the community remains safe. I also want to express my appreciation to State Senator Jim Nielsen who pressed the community’s concerns before the administration and to CDCR Secretary Scott Kernan for keeping me informed about the parolee’s status which has enabled me to keep you informed, too.
As soon as I have more information, I will let you know.
Supervisor, Third District