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NCJ Number: 31035 Find in a Library
Title: EARLY DISCHARGE - A SUGGESTED APPROACH TO INCREASED EFFICIENCY IN PAROLE
Journal: FEDERAL PROBATION  Volume:39  Issue:3  Dated:(SEPTEMBER 1975)  Pages:27-30
Author(s): L A BENNETT; M ZIEGLER
Corporate Author: Administrative Office of the United States Courts
United States of America
Date Published: 1975
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: Administrative Office of the United States Courts
Washington, DC 20544
Publisher: https://www.uscourts.gov 
Type: Statistics
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: PAROLE STATISTICS ARE REVIEWED TO DETERMINE THE FEASIBILITY OF INCREASING PAROLE EFFICIENCY BY ALLOWING PAROLEES WHO HAVE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED ONE YEAR OF YEAR OF PAROLE TO BE DISCHARGED FROM PAROLE.
Abstract: THE AUTHOR NOTES THAT PAROLE EFFICIENCY COULD BE IMPROVED BY RELEASING FROM PAROLE THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO DEMONSTRATE A HIGH PROBABILITY OF POST-PAROLE SUCCESS. THE AUTHOR FURTHER CONTENDS THAT THE ABILITY TO MANAGE ONE YEAR OF PAROLE SUPERVISION WITHOUT A MAJOR VIOLATION IS ONE OF THE BEST PREDICTORS OF SUBSEQUENT AVOIDANCE OF SERIOUS CRIMINAL INVOLVEMENT. A CALIFORNIA EXPERIMENT WHICH STUDIED THE NEW OFFENSES OF PAROLEES WHOSE FIRST YEAR OF PAROLE WAS ARREST-FREE IS DESCRIBED. THE RESULTS OF THIS EXPERIMENT SUGGESTED THAT EXTENDING PAROLE BEYOND THE FIRST YEAR, IF THE INDIVIDUAL MANAGED TO AVOID ARREST DURING THAT PERIOD, PROVIDED LITTLE IN THE WAY OF ADDED SAFEGUARDS AGAINST SUBSEQUENT SERIOUS OFFENSES AGAINST SOCIETY. USING DATA FROM THE UNIFORM PAROLE PROJECT OF THE NATIONAL COUNCIL ON CRIME AND DELINQUENCY RESEARCH CENTER, THE AUTHOR REPLICATES THE FINDINGS OF THE CALIFORNIA STUDY FOR A NATIONAL SAMPLE. APPLYING A COST-BENEFIT ANALYSIS TO THESE RESULTS, THE AUTHOR CONCLUDES THAT A CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF RESOURCES COULD BE REALLOCATED TO OTHER IMPORTANT AREAS IF SUCH AN EARLY DISCHARGE POLICY WERE ADOPTED.
Index Term(s): California; Cost/Benefit Analysis; Parole; Parole statistics; Probation or parole agencies; Probation or parole decisionmaking; Recidivism
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