According to NPR, a nationwide study that shows the deficiencies of the US prison system reports that nearly half of the people in state prisons are there because of probation or parole violations. The Council of State Governments Justice Center that published the study stated that a majority of these violations are for minor infractions like missing curfew or failing a drug test.
These repeat offenders for minor violations cost states $2.8 billion each year. The study should serve as a call to action because the system isn’t working to reform and rehabilitate these people.
Juliene James, director of criminal justice for Arnold Ventures, a philanthropy that funded the study, said, "This should serve as a wake-up call that our probation and parole systems are not healthy, not functioning as intended and need to be reformed."
Probation and parole programs are to serve as a way to help people avoid repeat criminal offenses, not get them back in prison for minor issues. The study reports that “about 95,000 people are locked up because of technical violations on any given day.”