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Characteristics of State Parole Supervising Agencies, 2006

NCJ Number
Date Published
August 2008
12 pages
Thomas P. Bonczar
Publication Series
This report presents information for 52 State parole supervising agencies at midyear 2006, including the California Youth Authority and the District of Columbia.
This report describes, by State, where these agencies were located in each State’s administrative structure, the number of adult parolees, and probationers, if any, under supervision, and the number of separate offices the parole agency operated. National estimates are presented for the number and type of staff employed by parole supervising agencies and of parole supervision caseloads. Use of drug abuse testing, various treatment programs, and the availability of housing and employment assistance programs are documented. Highlights of the report include the following: (1) five State agencies accounted for about half of the adults under parole supervision on June 30, 2006: departments of corrections in California (125,067 adults on parole); Texas (101,175); and Illinois (33,354); and 2 independent agencies, New York (53, 215) and Pennsylvania (24,956), excluding adults supervised by county parole offices); (2) half of parole supervising agencies had a role in releasing prisoners to parole, setting the conditions of supervision, or conducting revocation hearings; and (3) up to 16 percent of at-risk parolees in some agencies were reincarcerated for a failed drug test.

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