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Publication Probation and Parole in the United States, 2003

Lauren E. Glaze, Seri Palla, Bureau of Justice Statistics

July 25, 2004    NCJ 205336

Reports the number of persons on probation and parole, by State, at yearend 2003 and compares the totals with yearend 1995 and 2002. It lists the States with the largest and smallest parole and probation populations and the largest and smallest rates of community supervision, and identifies the States with the largest increases. The Bulletin also describes the race and gender of these populations and reports the percentages of parolees and probationers completing community supervision successfully, or failing because of a rule violation or a new offense.


  • The adult probation population grew 1.2% in 2003, an increase of 49,920 probationers, less than half the average annual growth of 2.9% since 1995.
  • Overall, the Nation's parole population grew by 23,654 in 2003, or 3.1%, almost double the average annual growth of 1.7% since 1995.
  • 49% of all probationers had been convicted of a felony, 49% of a misdemeanor, and 2% of other infractions.

Part of the Probation and Parole Populations Series

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