Over 4.7 million Americans are under “community corrections” supervision today—more than twice the number of individuals behind bars. Rethinking that 19th-century approach is crucial if we want to end mass incarceration, say the authors of a Harvard Kennedy School paper released today.
As prison populations drop, the number of parolees is increasing. For more than a year, the New York Times and PBS’ “Frontline” followed newly released prisoners as they tried to find homes and jobs, reconnect with loved ones and avoid temptation. Some parolees discovered that the system created to help them can also hold them back.
An inspector general’s report said Donald Ruzicka and and employee entertained themselves at hearings by trying to get inmates to say certain words and song titles. Gov. Eric Greitens says “playing games at parole board hearings is unacceptable behavior.”
An inspector general’s report says a parole board member and a staffer toyed with prisoners during hearings by trying to get them to say a chosen word or song title of the day, such as “platypus” and “Hound Dog.”
The ex-football star’s age (70) and good disciplinary record as a prisoner should stand him in good stead, says chief deputy public defender Steven Yeager in Las Vegas. One question: Will Simpson’s 1994 murder trial play a role?
Many of the patients at the 95-bed facility near Hartford are parolees. It recently won approval for federal nursing home funding, which could offer a significant new option for states looking for affordable ways to care for growing populations of older and sicker inmates.