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NCJ Number: 134838 Find in a Library
Title: Parole Violators in California
Journal: Perspectives  Volume:16  Issue:1  Dated:(Winter 1992)  Pages:38-42
Author(s): V Schiraldi; A Costello; R Garnett
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 5
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study focuses on the problem of technical parole violators (PV-RTCs) in California; PV-RTCs are defined as parolees who have violated the conditions of their release and have been ordered to return to prison.
Abstract: In 1989, nearly 40,000 PV-RTCs were returned to custody in California, accounting for almost half the inmates received at California Department of Corrections facilities that year. Current guidelines allow for technical violations even when no actual criminal activity has occurred. The other 49 States violated and reincarcerated fewer PV-RTCs combined than the State of California. The authors estimate it costs $24,000 per year to house an inmate in California and there are other, hidden costs to returning parole violators to prison. These authors recommend that California eliminate or minimize the supervision/violation function of parole in favor of providing rehabilitation services, reallocate monies to fund a continuum of community-based programs, develop a Parole Assistance Project for parolees facing violation hearings, and increase the use of pre-release programming and early release incentives. 1 table, 2 figures, and 13 notes
Main Term(s): Parole violations
Index Term(s): California; Parole investigations; Parole outcome prediction
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