Percent of releases from State prison, by method of release 1980-2000

Line graph showing three trend lines from 1980-2000 for the percent of releases from State prison by discretionary parole, mandatory parole, and expiration of sentence for each year.

The percent released by discretionary parole decreased steadily from 1980 to 1987, from 54.7% to 40.1%. From 1987 to 1993, the rate remained relatively stable with 38.8% released by this method in 1993. After 1993, the rate declined steadily and in 2000, 23.9% were released by discretionary parole.

The percent released by mandatory parole increased from 18.6% in 1980 to 30.3% in 1985. From 1985 to 1993, the rate remained relatively stable, fluctuating from a low of 28.8% in 1990 to 31.6% in 1993. Since 1993, the rate increased steadily and in 1999, 41.1% of released prisoners received mandatory parole. In 2000 the rate dipped slightly to 38.9%.

In 1980, 14.3% of released prisoners expired their sentence and were released without any form of community supervision. From 1980 to 2000, the percent of prisoners released due to expiration of sentence ranged from a low of 10.8% in 1991 to a high of 19.6% in 2000 with no discernable pattern.

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