Parole in California, 1980-2000: Implications for Reform

Testimony

Parole in California, 1980-2000: Implications for Reform

Public Hearing on Parole Reform Little Hoover Commission
February 27, 2003

Abstract

Jeremy Travis testified before California's Little Hoover Commission, which has initiated an inquiry of California's parole policies and practices. His testimony covers four themes: 1) California has embarked on parole policies markedly different from every other state in the country; 2) parole supervision and revocation policies are very expensive and come with uncertain benefits; 3) investing more money in programs for parolees will have little benefit without changes to the policy framework; and 4) a reinvestment strategy that moves funds from state corrections budgets to new forms of community-level reentry management could save money and reduce crime.

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