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Parole

Parole, both a procedure by which a board administratively releases inmates from prison as well as a provision for post-release supervision, comes from the French word parol, referring to "word," as in giving one's word of honor or promise. 

Myths & Facts - Using Risk and Need Assessments to Enhance Outcomes and Reduce Disparities in the Criminal Justice System

This package includes a one-page list of myths and facts along with a research-based supporting document.

Community Services Division

The Community Services Division coordinates consulting services (technical assistance), specialized training, and other programs related to probation, parole, and other forms of community-based corrections.

Probation and Parole

The research highlighted on this page covers a range of probation and parole related, corrections topics from supervision and sanctions to special offenders and electronic monitoring.

The Continuing Leverage of Releasing Authorities: Findings from a National Survey

This is the first survey of parole boards in nearly 10 years. It provides a database for understanding the policy and practice of releasing authorities.

Aligning Leadership and Management Practices with EBP

This report focuses on aligning EBP and leadership and management practices in the criminal justice field.

An Opinion Survey of the Community Corrections Collaborative Network: Where the Community Corrections Field Is Going and What It Needs to Get There

This is a survey of those in community corrections. Results show support for innovation, systems change, collaboration and training.               

By the Numbers: Parole Release and Revocation Across 50 States

This report overviews the movements between prison and parole by state, focusing on the decision points of parole release and revocation.

Reducing Recidivism in Massachusetts with a Comprehensive Strategy

This policy brief provides information for Justice Reinvestment leaders to propose changes to increase focus on recidivism reduction and results.

Successful Parole and Probation Practices

This program interviewed four directors of state parole and probation agencies about successful case completions and protecting public safety.

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