Rules May Help Parolees Avoid Jail for Small Errors
01/05/2012 - Brendan Cochrane had been, by and large, a model parolee. After serving 10 years for attempted murder, he started a video production business, moved into an apartment in Manhattan, got engaged and abstained from drugs and alcohol.
But last year, after four years on parole, he found himself back in prison for six months.
Jailing parolees on what are known as technical violations is seen as a main reason for the clogging of the prison system. In New York State, where 40 percent of parolees return to prison within three years, nearly three times more parolees were re-incarcerated for technical violations than for committing new crimes, according to a nationwide study that tracked parolees from 2004 to 2007 and found New York’s rate to be one of the highest in the nation.
Read the full article at nytimes.com.