States using a new parole strategy have seen a marked decrease in arrests of parolees, according to a new policy brief by the Pew Center on the States. “Maximum Impact: Targeting Supervision on High-Risk People, Places and Times” examines how several states have used the knowledge that recidivism drops 40 percent within 15 months of release to re-arrange aspects of a probation officer’s caseload.
In Maryland, agents are given high-risk neighborhood-based assignments, which has yielded a 31 percent decrease in arrests. And in Pennsylvania, parolees who follow the rules of their probation receive shortened supervision time so agents can concentrate on disobedient, higher risk offenders.
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