Success rates for State parolees
State parole success unchanged since 1990
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- Among State parole
discharges in 2000:
- - 41% successfully
completed their term of supervision (relatively unchanged since 1990)
- - 42% were returned
to prison or jail
- - 9% absconded
refers to individuals exiting parole supervision.
Successful discharges include persons who have completed
the term of conditional supervision.
Unsuccessful discharges include revocations of parole, returns
to prison or jail, and absconders. Parolees who are transferred to
other jurisdictions and those who die while under supervision are
not included in the calculation of success/failure rates.
- In every year
during the 1990's, first releases were more likely to have been successful
on parole than re-releases.
are persons leaving prison after having served time either for a
violation of parole or other conditional release or for a new offense
committed while under parole supervision.
- In every year
between 1990 and 2000, State prisoners released by a parole board had
higher success rates than those released through mandatory parole. Among
parole discharges in 2000, 54% of discretionary parolees were successful
compared to 35% of those who had received mandatory parole.
parole exists when a parole board has authority to conditionally
release prisoners based on a statutory or administrative determination
parole generally occurs in jurisdictions using determinate sentencing
statutes in which inmates are conditionally released from prison
after serving a specified portion of their original sentence minus
any good time earned.
Characteristics of releases to State parole
Probation and Parole in the United
States, 2002, August, 2003
Trends in State Parole, 1990-2000,
- Topical pages
State, and Federal correctional data in spreadsheets
From the Office
of Justice Programs
and violent offender reentry initiative