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October 21, 2007

A positive, practical consequence of a parole panic

I have long thought that sentencing and corrections would be more effective if decision-makers focused resources and attention on violent offenders.  Interestingly, this local story from Connecticut spotlights that, in the wake of a horrific violent crime by parolees, state official are reorienting energies on distinguishing violent and non-violent offenders in prison.  Here are snippets from the story:

Gov. M. Jodi Rell said Saturday she has authorized adding prison staff to speed the release of nonviolent offenders and make room for violent offenders no longer eligible for parole.  The inmate population has swelled by 461 in the month since Rell suspended additional paroles of violent offenders until the procedures for reviewing applications are tightened.

In a series of changes prompted by the July 23 slayings of a mother and her two daughters in their Cheshire home, Rell also approved the expedited hiring of 13 parole officers to improve the oversight of parolees. Rell authorized the Board of Pardons and Paroles to hire five temporary employees to process and review a backlog of 1,000 parole applications. The backlog was caused by a decision to grant no paroles without reviewing applicants' sentencing transcripts.

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