Federal offenders on probation are less likely to commit new offenses. But this finding—with significant implications for federal courts—was concealed in a recent US Sentencing Commission report which misread the data, writes a Penn State law professor.
A two-year study by the George Washington University Law School concludes that the use of ankle bracelets and other forms of electronic monitoring “undermines the ability of people to survive and thrive.”
Driven by a drop in admissions for community supervision violations, state prison populations dropped by an “unprecedented” 14 percent in 2020, according to a 50-state probation and parole analysis by The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center.
Sirhan Sirhan, who has been incarcerated for 53 years for the 1968 assassination of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, is seeking parole for the 16th time. But for the first time, no prosecutor will stand to oppose the 77-year-old’s release.
A Bureau of Justice Statistics report presents a picture of an American prison system marred by recidivism. Nearly half of prisoners released in 2012, for instance, returned to prison within five years for a parole or probation violation or a new sentence.
The end of 2019 saw the lowest rate of U.S. adult residents under correctional supervision since 1991, with the largest decreases in community supervision throughout 2019, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics.
Electronic ankle monitors are often used as a way to lower incarceration rates while seemingly giving wearers the freedom to go about their lives before a court date. Conversely, a new study shows that ankle monitors are keeping people tethered to the prison system longer than necessary.
According to a New Yorkers United For Justice (NYUJ) report, incarcerating people for technical parole violations, like missing a court hearing or being out past curfew, costs New York state taxpayers nearly $700 million annually.