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CO: DOC Chief: Parole Supervision Needs Improvement

From the article: “The head of Colorado’s correctional system told lawmakers Friday his department needs to improve the monitoring of parolees, and that officials are considering using cellphones instead of electronic bracelets to do so.”

According to the article, the prison system is thinking about giving cellphones to parolees, which would track their whereabouts via GPS.  POs could call the parolees to ensure that the cellphone was on them and could require the parolees to take pictures of themselves or surroundings to verify location.


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UK: Haverigg prison selected in bid to reduce reoffending rates

From the article: “The reforms will mean all offenders leaving custody receive ‘through the gate’ supervision and support to turn their lives around.  Introducing resettlement prisons will mean many offenders are released from prisons in, or close to, areas where they will live.”

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Bureau of Justice Statistics: Correctional Populations in the United States, 2011

Highlights from the report:

  • Adult correctional authorities supervised about 6,977,700 offenders at yearend 2011, a decrease of 1.4% during the year.
  • „„The decline of 98,900 offenders during 2011 marked the third consecutive year of decrease in the correctional population, which includes probationers, parolees, local jail inmates, and prisoners in the custody of state and federal facilities.
  • „„About 2.9% of adults in the U.S. (or 1 in every 34 adults) were under some form of correctional supervision at yearend 2011, a rate comparable to 1998 (1 in every 34).
  • „„At yearend 2011, about 1 in every 50 adults in the U.S. was supervised in the community on probation or parole while about 1 in every 107 adults was incarcerated in prison or jail.
  • The community supervision population (including probationers and parolees, down 1.5%) and the incarcerated population (including local jail inmates and federal and state prisoners, down 1.3%) decreased at about the same rate in 2011.
  • „„The majority (83%) of the decline in the correctional population during the year was attributed to the decrease in the probation population (down 81,800 offenders).

Access the report here.

Hat tip to The Catholic Eye for the link.

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The article discusses the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction’s grants to counties’ probation departments to incentivize keeping offenders from returning to prison.  Probation departments must meet certain criteria in order to keep the grant money, all focused on reducing the number of probation violators from returning to prison.  The article, focusing on Licking County, identifies the following objectives for the county:

  1. to reduce the number of technical probation violators committed to prison from the Licking County Common Pleas Court by 70 percent,
  2. to increase the number of offenders who successfully complete probation supervision by 12 percent,
  3. to decrease the number of probation revocation hearings by 25 percent, and
  4. to decrease the number of offenders sentenced for probation violations from Licking County Municipal Court by 41 percent.

Critics of the program say that the grants bribe probation officials to not send probation violators to prison.

This program is similar to the Ohio Department of Youth Services’ program, Targeted RECLAIM, which has for several years provided a pot of money to the counties that send the most youth to juvenile facilities to incentivize keeping the youth in community-based alternatives.  The program has had significant success, as the DYS population has dropped from around 2,000 to almost 500 in recent years.

Read more about the DRC program here.

Departments given incentive to keep probation violators out of prison

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MI: More ex-cons killing after leaving prison

From the article: “An increasing number of former Michigan convicts are killing people after getting out of prison, a problem that the state Department of Corrections and its employees union blame on each other, a newspaper reported Sunday.”

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NM eyes reform as some inmates released in error

From the article: “It’s a case, New Mexico prison officials say, that highlights the dangers associated with short-staffing and an antiquated paper record-keeping system for tracking sometimes complicated formula changes to inmate sentences based on things like time off for good behavior and sentences for new crimes committed while behind bars.”

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Washington Department of Corrections to pay families of murder victims $3M

From the article: “The state has agreed to pay a $3 million settlement to the families of the victims in the 2010 Lewis County triple-homicide committed by an ex-convict who was supposed to be under strict supervision by the Department of Corrections.”

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Felons not getting treatment, despite prison overhaul

“The overhaul of California’s criminal justice system last year was billed as a way to get more felons into treatment and out of the vicious cycle of crime, prison and more crime.

So far, this has hardly been the case.”

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Changes Made by California Parole System Since Jaycee Dugard Told Her Story

“The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, which was heavily criticized for failing to find Jaycee Dugard living in convicted sex offender Phillip Garrido’s backyard for 18 years, says it has improved its supervision of sex offenders since ABC News first aired Diane Sawyer’s interview with Dugard in July 2011.”

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