The size of the U.S. adult population under community supervision—about 4.5 million people—threatens to surpass mass incarceration as the nation’s biggest criminal justice challenge, according to a nationwide review by the Pew Public Safety Performance Project.
Marijuana testing for individuals on probation and parole serves “little public safety purpose” and should be stopped—even in states where pot has still not been legalized, five former New York City probation commissioners said Tuesday in testimony to the New York State Assembly.
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.