David Ball was quoted by Mission Local and the Sacramento Bee about how a parolee who was arrested and released from jail five times in seven months allegedly struck and killed two people on New Year’s Eve in San Francisco.

W. David Ball, an associate professor at Santa Clara University Law School, called the New Year’s Even crash tragic but said limited conclusions may be drawn from it.

Ball pointed out that the parole system relied on agents’ discretion even before the coronavirus directives.

“This could be an outlier, and if we are organizing ourselves around an outlier, we might end up with policies that are way too carceral and result in negative effects,” he said.