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Meek Mill Launches $50 Million Crusade for Justice

The hip-hop superstar may be the most famous American caught in a byzantine system of probation and parole that can send former incarcerees back to prison for “technical offenses.” With support from wealthy friends in the sports, finance and entertainment worlds, he’s now spearheading a movement to develop alternatives.

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Do We Really Need Probation and Parole?

As initiatives like the REFORM Alliance surge forward, it is important that they take an elemental, rather than incremental, approach to reforming probation and parole.  Activists should ask how much, if at all, we need to employ government workers to watch those who have broken the law, writes a former  New York probation commissioner.

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Probation and Parole Called a ‘Monstrous Drain’ on State Resources

Today’s community supervision systems damage the lives of the formerly incarcerated and are a poor use of taxpayers’ dollars, say two policy researchers. A bill currently being considered by the Pennsylvania legislature is a promising effort to change course.

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Youth Need Community-Based Treatment, Not Jails: Study

Treating youth convicted of a crime within the community is far more beneficial than incarcerating them, a new study released by the Justice Policy Institute finds. The authors say communities are safer and more economically stable when youth offenders are diverted to community-based supervision programs.

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