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‘Wake-Up Call’ about a Broken System: New Study Shows Failings of Probation, Parole

All Things Considered

By Carrie Johnson

Nearly half the people admitted to state prisons in the U.S. are there because of violations of probation or parole, according to a new nationwide study that highlights the personal and economic costs of the practice. The Council of State Governments Justice Center said the majority of these violations are for “minor infractions,” such as failing a drug test or missing a curfew. Those so-called technical violations cost states $2.8 billion every year, the report says. Criminal justice advocates say the analysis amounts to a call to action.

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