After a man convicted of killing two police officers was released, New York state’s parole board is considering the release of two others who killed officers. Police officials say the parole board isn’t putting enough emphasis on the severity of the crime.
A vast new study of recidivism by the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics finds that 44 percent of the 400,000 men and women released from state prisons in the U.S. in 2005 were arrested again during their first year of freedom. Sixty-eight percent were arrested within three years, 79 percent within six years, and 83 percent within nine years.
Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf called for criminal justice reform at an event held symbolically in the shadow of Independence Hall. Wolf wants to stop “technical parole violations” from landing people in jail.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision Tuesday to release rapper Meek Mill from prison, where he had been held for the past five months for violating his terms of probation, underlines the need for reforms in the state’s community supervision system, says former NYC probation chief Vincent Schiraldi.
Maryland is one of only three states that require the governor’s sign-off on parole board recommendations to release inmates serving life terms. Governors rarely agree that inmates should be released, but parole chairman David Blumberg remains upbeat.
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Persistent malfunctions in the electronic tracking devices worn by released Wisconsin inmates are prompting some experts in the state to question whether lifetime GPS monitoring is fair, effective, and worth the cost.
Judge Genece Brinkley, who sent Meek Mill back to prison for probation violations, has threatened to sue the rapper’s agents for defamation over accusations that she tried to extort personal favors from Mill.
The Philadelphia rapper sent back to prison over a technical violation of his probation terms is just another example of how the resource-strained community supervision system sets former inmates—the majority of them young men of color- up for failure, writes a University of Minnesota professor.
Twenty leading parole and probation administrators say the nation’s community corrections system has become “too big to succeed.” They endorsed a report by the Columbia Justice Lab released Monday showing that nearly five million Americans are under some form of post-incarceration supervision with proportionally little support for rehabilitation programs.