Corrections Compendium Volume: 16 Issue: 10 Dated: (October 1991) Pages: 1,6-15
A recent survey revealed that offenders in 28 States are now charged a probation supervision fee, and offenders in 21 States are charged a parole supervision fee.
Another seven States are considering the imposition of such charges for parole, while five States are considering charges for probation. One State will begin charging supervision fees in January 1992. However, several States have studied or previously tried assessing supervision fees and reject that approach. The amount of the supervision fees ranges from $5 to $100 per month; most are between $20 and $30. Offenders unable to pay due to unemployment, disability, or other reasons may be exempt from the charges in some States; in others, community service may be substituted. Collecting supervision fees is a problem in the majority of the systems. Offender default mainly because of lack of employment or ability to pay. Thirty States now use electronic monitoring to aid the supervision of probationers; 27 use it to supervise parolees. The cost of the devices ranges from $2 to $25 per day. Tables
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