WA May Trim Offender Supervision To Save Money


Under a money-saving measure being considered by the Washington state legislature, the state would stop supervising thousands of low- and moderate-risk offenders after six months instead of keeping tabs on them for up to two years, reports the Tacoma News Tribune. Some 190 officers and support staff would lose their jobs – that's about 12 percent of all community corrections employees. The measure would save more than $32.8 million during the 2009-11 biennium and $46.6 million the following biennium.

Washington ranks 12th in the nation for the number of people on parole or probation. One of every 37 adults in the state is under supervision, says the Pew Center on the States. The newspaper gets the views of the possible changes in supervision from possible changes from officers, offenders and others.

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