The number of adult offenders on probation or parole declined by 1.3 percent last year, dropping to 4.9 million, the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics said today. It was the second consecutive year of decline in the number of adults under community supervision. At year’s end, about 1 in every 48 adults in the U.S. was on probation or parole. The number of adult probationers declined for the second consecutive year to nearly 4.1 million but the number of parolees increased to 840,700.
The failure rate of parolees—the percentage who were returned to incarceration at some point during the year—decreased over the decade. During 2010, about 13 percent of parolees were reincarcerated at some time during the year, down from about 16 percent in 2000. About 5.7 percent of probationers were incarcerated at some point during 2010, nearly unchanged since 2000 (5.5 percent).