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One-Quarter of State Prison Admissions Are for Minor Parole and Probation Violations, Report Finds

The Washington Post

By Christopher Ingraham

A quarter of all state prison admissions can be traced to minor parole and probation violations like missing curfew, new research shows. That pencils out to 95,000 people a day. Nationwide, taxpayers shell out $2.8 billion a year to lock up people for such infractions as missing an appointment or failing a drug test — behavior that normally would not result in prison terms — according to a report by The Council of State Governments Justice Center, a federally funded research and policy group. The study is the first comprehensive examination of the issue.

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