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.
Three inmates whose life sentences were commuted in Washington state separately went on to commit crimes after their release. The incidents should have prodded officials to tackle the structural justice reforms that would prevent them from recurring, writes an inmate in one of the state’s correctional institutions.
The live TV coverage of the former football star’s Nevada parole hearing was “astonishing,” says criminologist James Alan Fox. What if the media gave that much time and attention to important criminal justice stories, like the broken parole system?
A total of one in 53 U.S. adults were under “community supervision” at the end of last year, according to a new federal report. The country had about 4.7 million parolees and probationers, a figure that is more than twice as high as the total of prison and jail inmates, which was more than 2.2 million.
Advocates see official government IDs as a key to stability–housing, a job, social services, education–for those released from prison. Some states have ID-issuance systems for parolees, including California, Illinois, Florida and New Jersey. Yet many states and the federal government haven’t figured out a way to make it happen.
The National Employment Law Project says that while the effort to remove the convicted-criminal checkbox from employment applications is working, it gives short shrift to the larger problem of entrenched racism and racial profiling in the hiring process.
Beth Schwartzapfel of The Marshall Project, and an investigative reporting team from the Belleville News-Democrat—Beth Hundsdorfer, George Pawlaczyk and Zia Nizami—are the winners of the John Jay College/Harry Frank Guggenheim 2016 Awards for Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting. “The impressive work of these journalists illustrates why reform of our criminal justice system has risen to the top of our national agenda,” said Jeremy Travis, president of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, in the prize announcement this week. “We […]
The proportion of adults in the U.S. under correctional control, either incarcerated or on probation or parole, declined 13 percent between 2007, when it reached its peak, and 2014, says a Pew Charitable Trusts analysis of data from the U.S. federal Bureau of Justice Statistics. About 6.8 million adults, or 1 in 36, were under federal, state, or local correctional control at the end of 2014, down from about 7.3 million, or 1 in 31, seven years earlier. The adult […]
A fledgling Washington state movement is trying to get the public to bring back parole in the state as a way to reduce the prison population, reports the Seattle Times. Activists, lawyers, judges and at least one prosecutor, King County's Dan Satterberg in Seattle, have been discussing the possibility of put some system in place to deal with what state legislator Roger Goodman calls “unbearably, incomprehensibly long prison sentences.” The conversations have included proposals for the 2016 legislative session or […]