Probation and parole are designed to lower prison populations and help people succeed in the community. New data show they are having the opposite effect.
Until now, national data regarding the impact of probation violations on prison populations have been unavailable, resulting in a lopsided focus on parole.
The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center recently engaged corrections and community supervision leaders in 50 states to develop the first complete picture of how probation and parole violations make up states’ prison populations. The analysis revealed a startling reality.