Five states account for about half of 660,000 adults under parole supervision as of mid-2006, says the Bureau of Justice Statistics in a new report on state parole agencies. They are California (125,067); Texas (101,175), Illinois (33,354), New York (53,215) and Pennsylvania (24,956). The reporting agencies accounted for 83 percent of the total of about 800,000 U.S. parolees at the time.
Among the survey’s other findings: the average caseload was 38 parolees under active supervision. Two third of parolees were required to meet with a parole officer at lest once a month. Up to 16 percent of at-risk parolees in some states were re-incarcerated for a failed drug test.