The number of adults on probation and parole in the U.S. dropped 14 percent between 2008 and 2018, the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics reports. The total went down two percent between 2017 and 2018, driving the number on community supervision around the U.S. to its lowest level since 1998.
An analysis by city officials seems to dispute the idea pushed by Mayor Bill de Blasio and police Commissioner Dermot Shea that the release of suspects by courts is behind the recent shooting and murder increase.
Guards and inmates suggest short staffing in part due to coronavirus left the prison vulnerable. What happened could be a cautionary tale for other Georgia prisons facing the same pandemic and tensions.
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), a leading candidate for the vice presidential nomination, openly defied U.S. Supreme Court orders to reduce overcrowding in California prisons while serving as the state’s attorney general.