How Does the U.S. Parole System Work?

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Overcrowding at prisons continues to be an issue across the U.S., and many view parole as a solution to the problem. So how does parole work?

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What is Parole?
http://www.justice.gov/uspc/usdoj-uspc-answering-your-questions
“When someone is paroled, they serve part of their sentence under the supervision of their community. ”

Does Parole Work?
http://www.urban.org/sites/default/files/alfresco/publication-pdfs/311156-Does-Parole-Work-.PDF
“Overall, parole supervision has little effect on rearrest rates of released prisoners.”

Study Finds Parole Has Little Effect on Rearrest Rates
http://webarchive.urban.org/publications/900797.html
“Parole, a cornerstone of the criminal justice system, does little to dampen rearrest rates, concludes the first multistate study comparing the criminal activity of prisoners who are supervised after release with that of their unsupervised counterparts.”

Prison and Parole
http://www.expertlaw.com/library/criminal/prison_parole.html#Q3
“The most serious punishment for most crimes involves sentencing the defendant to prison, the “state penitentiary.””

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