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Publication Probation and Parole in the United States, 2015

Danielle Kaeble, Bureau of Justice Statistics , Thomas P. Bonczar, Bureau of Justice Statistics

December 21, 2016    NCJ 250230

Presents data on adult offenders under community supervision while on probation or parole in 2015. The report includes national data on trends for the overall community supervision population and annual changes in the probation and parole populations. It describes statistics on the number of offenders entering and exiting probation or parole; offenders by sex, race or Hispanic origin, most serious offense type, and status of supervision; and outcomes of supervision, including the rate at which offenders completed their term of supervision. Appendix tables include jurisdiction-level information on the population counts and number of entries and exits for probation and parole and jurisdiction-level information on the types of entries and exits for probation and parole.

Highlights:

  • At yearend 2015, an estimated 4,650,900 adults were under community supervision, down by 62,300 offenders from yearend 2014.
  • Approximately 1 in 53 adults in the United States was under community supervision at yearend 2015.
  • The adult probation population declined by 78,700 offenders from yearend 2014 to yearend 2015, falling to about 3,789,800.
  • The adult parole population increased by 12,800 offenders from yearend 2014 to yearend 2015, to an estimated 870,500 offenders.

Part of the Probation and Parole Populations Series

Summary (PDF 187K)
Full report (PDF 668K)
ASCII file (41K)
Comma-delimited format (CSV) (Zip format 30K)

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