Some prison inmates are opting to spend more days behind bars instead of facing keen-eyed parole officers, says Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey, the Boston Herald reports. Healey made the comment to state legislators as she urged them to support a bill mandating supervision of every released felon. “Increasingly we are seeing inmates waive their right to a parole hearing and choose to serve their full sentence to avoid supervision after returning to the community,” Healey said.
Healey's bill would require every released convict to be monitored for at least nine months by parole or probation officials, and mandate participation in a re-entry plan. The plan would help the state battle a one-year recidivism rate of 49 percent, lead to cost savings across government, and protect the public from likely repeat offenders, Healey said. She compared the maximum $4,000 per year cost of community-based supervision to the $43,000 per year cost of keeping an individual incarcerated for a year.