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When It Comes to Parole Supervision, Less is More

People who are returning from prison face a gauntlet of challenges. Two experts on incarceration reform ask: Why do we make things more difficult for them by making them subject to technical violations that have little to do with public safety?

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Philadelphia’s ‘Probation Trap’ Ensnares African Americans: Report

A “courthouse culture” has kept African Americans in Philadelphia on probation at a rate 54 percent higher than whites, the Philadelphia Inquirer says in a new series. The findings, which underline a system that sends many individuals back to prison on technical violations — most famously the rapper Meek Mill — confirm nationwide criticism of the community supervision system as a major driver of mass incarceration.