Marion "Suge" Knight's stay in state prison was a short one. Exactly one week after Tha Row CEO entered the California Institution for Men in the city of Chino, he was picked up by his family and returned to his Beverly Hills, California, home, where he will serve out the remainder of his parole under 24/7 monitoring by the California Department of Corrections.
"His family picked him up and he was told to go home and stay there until parole officers arrive and hook him up with electronic monitoring bracelets," Department of Corrections spokesperson Margot Bach said. "He is to stay on electronic monitoring at all times, under home detention, until he discharges from parole, which is in about two and a half months."
Under the conditions of his detention, Knight must submit to random drug testing, and he is to remain in his home from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. every day. According to Bach, the drug-testing stipulation was added because of Knight's February 5 arrest in Barstow, California (see "Suge Knight Arrested After Police Find Marijuana In Truck").
After being booked by the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department in Barstow, Knight was transferred twice — to the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga and then finally to Chino, where he awaited a meeting with his parole agent to see just how long he would remain there (see "Suge Knight's Illegal U-Turn Has Landed Him Back In Prison").
When Knight did meet with his agent, it was determined that, while he was in fact guilty of violating his parole, it would be better for all parties concerned if Knight served the remainder of his time at his home.
"He has been found guilty, but we don't like to return people to prison if possible. If the person has a job or a family, and there is an appropriate way to treat someone, we're going to do it this way, rather than return him to prison," Bach said. "[Knight] has a job, he's got family, so why not let him continue to manage his business? But do it under some conditions. He has to walk a pretty narrow line."
While Knight remains at home, there is still an outside chance he could be returned to state prison by the California Board of Prison Terms, because his case is listed as a "mandatory referral" due to the violent nature of his past crimes (he served five years for charges stemming from a 1992 assault). But that's unlikely, according to a board spokesperson.