Can We Cut Probation Caseloads by 50 Percent?

Observations So the bottom line is that we can “manage” the probation population by limiting interactions. But unlike the advocates, I’m not going to tell you that it’s without a risk to public safety. The bottom line is that people caught up in criminal activity tend to continue their offending. The American criminal justice system […]

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Despite Reform Efforts, Probation Hasn’t Changed Much Since 2005

Observations  The probation population from 2005 to 2015 included more active cases when they were supposed to decline due to diversions. Treatment doesn’t exist beyond 1 percent. Caseloads grew more challenging with more felonies and more violent offenders. Author Leonard Adam Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. Former […]

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Huge Decrease for Parolees Returning to Prison

Subtitles Huge decrease in those on parole returning to prison. Approximately 1 in 53 adults in the United States was under community supervision at year-end 2015. Parole entries increased for the first time in seven years. Parole exits increased for the first time in six years. Data indicates the lowest number of adults under community […]

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What Works in Parole and Probation?

By Leonard A. Sipes, Jr. Thirty-five years of speaking for national and state criminal justice agencies. Former Senior Specialist for Crime Prevention for the Department of Justice’s clearinghouse. Graduate-Johns Hopkins University. What Works in Parole and Probation First in a series of articles on parole and probation research and practice. Subtitles Is crime control or […]

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4.7 Million Americans on Parole and Probation

A new Department of Justice report presents data on adult offenders under community supervision while on probation or parole in 2013. The report presents trends over time for the overall community supervision population and describes changes in the probation and parole populations. It provides statistics on the entries and exits from probation and parole and […]

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Probation Declines for Fifth Straight Year-Parole Declines in 2012

The number of adults under community supervision declined by about 40,500 during 2012, down to 4,781,300 offenders at yearend 2012.

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Seven Million People in US Adult Corrections

The total U.S. correctional population (on probation, parole, in prison or jail) decreased for the fourth consecutive year during 2012 (down 51,000 offenders or 0.7 percent), the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced today. This was the smallest decrease in the population since 2009.

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Violence Prevention:Target High Risk Offenders But Help the Rest

Gentlereaders: The debate throughout the country regarding parole and probation supervision is treatment versus enforcement. The discussion is decades old without resolution. With recent and encouraging research in offender treatment and reentry, it seems that we can help offenders who want to be helped to become tax payers rather than tax burdens. Maybe the debate is […]

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