Examples Of Strong Parole System

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Aziza, CRI135, Assignment 9 Strong Parole System and Reentry to Society With close to 900,000 people in the United States on parole, and 1.1 million adults moving on or off parole during the year, never before, have we had to oversee the successful reintegration of so many offenders back into society (Marushack and Parks, pg. 1). With a total of $52 billion dollars being spent every year on corrections, probation and parole have taken on a very important role in today’s society. A strong parole system that stresses rehabilitation through treatment programs, and supervision, is vital to successfully reducing recidivism rates which are at an all-time high. With recidivism rates at over 50%, for inmates being released over a three year period,…show more content…
These types of measures have all but eliminated the chance for rehabilitation in our prison setting. While punishment and incapacitation is an important part of making sure that justice is served, especially to victims and their families, the fact is that the incarcerated offender will eventually be required to return to society as a reformed member. This makes it imperative on us, to provide the tools of rehabilitation to the offender, both in the prison setting, and especially through parole, where the offender is truly gauged on whether or not he or she is ready to join the…show more content…
They are often just held in check, with the threat of going back to prison and stiffer sentences, rather than an overseen, rehabilitation program that provides them with the tools to succeed in their community. This is a natural response to the overwhelming caseload that is put on parole officers, who are finding it hard to keep up with the growing number of inmates on parole. This problem arose from the change in how inmates were determined eligible for parole. For the most part, many states still use parole boards, but their use for discretionary releases has changed dramatically. Today most inmates are eligible for parole through mandatory parole as opposed to discretionary parole. This has had a negative impact on the recidivism rates of parolees, but a positive impact on parole decisions that before might have been influenced by racism and other
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