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April 3, 2005

New report on parole from Urban Institute

The Urban Institute, a nonpartisan economic and social policy research organization, has recently produced this interesting new report entitled "Does Parole Work?  Analyzing the Impact of Postprison Supervision on Rearrest Outcomes."  This important report serves as a reminder that, though parole has been eliminated in the federal system and in some states, parole remains a integral component of many modern sentencing systems. 

Based on the report's key findings, it is dangerously easy to conclude that parole does not work.  But the full report really has a nuanced set of messages and conclusions, and it also readily concedes "several limitations to [the] data."  And the report's research highlights provide another reason for sentencing policy-makers to distinguish between first-time, non-violent offenders and repeat, violent offenders (a point I stressed in my February USSC testimony).

Here are the research highlights taken directly from the Urban Institute's parole report:

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