Many of the nation's prisoners are parole violators, including those returned to custody not for committing a crime but for failing to follow rules like missing an appointment with a parole officer, failing a urine test, or staying out past curfew. The actual number has been elusive, as they are held for relatively short stints, from a few months to a year, not long enough for record keepers to get a good count. A survey of state corrections departments . . .
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