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Jul. 6, 2016 9:15 am

How minor probation and parole violations are bolstering incarceration rates in Philadelphia

Probation should exist as an alternative to prison.

(Photo by Flickr user Chris Yarzab, used under a Creative Commons license)

Philadelphia wants to reduce incarceration rates by 34 percent over the next three years. Coincidentally, a third of the county’s prison population are being detained for violating parole or probation — functions that exist as alternatives to jail for low-level offenders.

A new report from City & State PA looks into how those violations, things like missing a meeting with a probation officer or receiving a traffic ticket, are bolstering the county’s high incarceration rates.

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The problem, writes reporter Ryan Briggs, could stem from an underfunded and incapacitated probation department. The county’s 271 full-time parole officers average 169 clients each. It’s a problem the city will look to address with help from its $3.5 million MacArthur Foundation grant.

Listen to Briggs chat about the report with WHYY‘s Dave Heller here.

 

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