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    Winnfred Wright prosecutors want supervised parole

    Marin County prosecutors hope they have persuaded state prison officials to abandon a plan that would have granted unsupervised release to a man convicted in the 2001 starvation death of his 19-month-old son and child abuse involving his 12 other children.

    Winnfred Wright, the self-anointed leader of the Family, a cultlike Marin County group that included five women and 13 children, is scheduled to be released from prison next week. The state had planned to release Wright under a program started in January that allows nonviolent offenders to be paroled without supervision.

    But while Marin County District Attorney Ed Berberian said he was told Tuesday that Wright will be monitored, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said late Tuesday that the inmate's status was still being assessed and that no decision had been made as to whether his parole will be supervised or unsupervised.
    Trying to cut prison costs

    The unsupervised release program was part of a 2009 plan adopted by the state Legislature and signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to cut prison costs to help the state reduce its multibillion-dollar deficit.

    "Everyone is aware of the severe financial pressures that the state's public agencies are facing, but public safety needs have to be put ahead of potential short-term financial savings," Berberian said.

    Wright was sentenced in March 2003 to serve a 16-year term in prison based on six counts of child abuse. Authorities said his 13 children, ages 19 months to 16 years, were subjected to ritual starvation and terror at the Marinwood home he shared with five women, including two co-defendants who pleaded guilty to child neglect and child endangerment charges.

    Having completed the minimum amount of time in prison, Wright is scheduled to be released Monday, Berberian said.

    The prosecutor said Wright had been considered eligible for nonsupervised, or "nonrevocable," parole, a circumstance Berberian objected to as "a very disturbing result for a very tragic Marin case." But Berberian said that after several complaints by the Marin prosecutors, parole officials informed his office Tuesday afternoon that Wright will be supervised.
    Society seen at risk

    Berberian said Wright was the wrong kind of offender to ever be eligible for such treatment, given the risk he poses to society based on his previous conduct alone.

    "If he (was) classified under this status, no matter what he does, there's nothing they can do about it," Berberian said. "He is on parole, but there are no teeth. There's nothing."

    Under supervised parole, Wright would be subject to orders that he stay away from the victims as part of parole conditions and face the threat of prison for a year if he violates those conditions, he said.

    Berberian said the decision came after he contacted Matthew Cate, the secretary of the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Previous pleas by Marin County prosecutors to parole officials had been rejected after prison officials defended their decision.

    Prison officials had reviewed Wright's record and found that "none of the six felonies for which he was convicted was either a serious offense ... or a violent felony" as defined by law - and they felt he did not pose a risk to reoffend, Berberian said.

    'Book of Rules' for children

    Wright fathered 13 children - including the 19-month-old victim, Ndigo Campisi-Nyah-Wright - who lived by a "Book of Rules" that involved the children having to endure binding, whipping and other forms of abuse, including the forced eating of hot peppers and having their mouths taped shut for "stealing" food or making noise.

    Ndigo suffered a skull fracture, other broken bones, malformed legs, a concave chest and a humped back. He also was found to have symptoms of rickets brought on by starvation. Wright's lawyers argued that the group's members were well-intentioned, if misguided, vegetarians who simply rejected modern medicine.

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    Misguided vegetarians?? That's rich!!

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