Trends in the United States
returning to the community after serving time in prison
Timothy Hughes and Doris
James Wilson, BJS Statisticians
- At least 95% of all state prisoners will be released from prison
at some point; nearly 80% will be released to parole supervision.
- At yearend 2002, 1,440,655 prisoners were under the jurisdiction
of state or Federal correctional authorities.
- In 2001, about 592,000 state prison inmates were released to
the community after serving time in prison.
- Nearly 33% of state prison releases in 1999 were drug offenders,
25% were violent offenders and 31% were property offenders.
- 670,169 adults were under state parole supervision at yearend
- By the end of 2000, 16 States had abolished discretionary release
from prison by a parole board for all offenders.
- Among state parole discharges in 2000, 41% successfully completed
their term of supervision; relatively unchanged since 1990.