Parole In Prisons

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Parole is defined in our text as “the supervised early release of inmates from correctional confinement” (Schmalleger, p.388). There can be a lot of drawbacks and failures to this system. There currently is a huge overpopulation problem in our prisons here in the United States. “ A 2012 report by the Government Accounting Office (GAO) found from the fiscal year 2006 to 2011, the inmate population in Bureau of Prisons run facilities grew 9.5%, while capacity grew less than 7%. As a result, BOP’s overall crowding increased during this period from 36% to 39%” (Schmalleger, p.434). What does this mean for society? More and more criminals are being released on parole, expecting to be monitored, and many falling through the cracks of the system to…show more content…
With the ever growing amount of parolees, who is responsible for keeping an eye on all of them? “Last year the state Division of Internal Audits determined Parole and Probation officers hadn't adequately supervised potentially dangerous criminals. In a study of 61 cases, auditors found officers didn't perform required duties 70 percent of the time, most often by failing to check on high-risk offenders with enough regularity - if at all” (Goldman, 2006). There is very little money in most cities to support the demand of parole/probation officers to help support the amount of criminals being released into the system. “Today, each Parole and Probation officer is assigned 75 to 85 cases - an improvement over two or three years ago, when officers handled closer to 120 or 130 felons apiece (Goldman, 2006). Overall, the traditional parole system is a failure in some ways. Just as the text describes the drawbacks as well as the positives of parole, there are a lot that believe the entire system is just broken. “It costs a lot to lock a person up and a lot less to have a person on the street," (Goldman, 2006). With that type of social and economic outlook, the system seems like there might not be fixed anytime
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