Texas has made significant progress in reducing the number of new crimes committed by parolees even while increasing the parole rate. Through reforms such as providing incentives for inmates to complete programs that reduce recidivism, reducing the number of inmates discharged without supervision, and increasing the use of electronic monitoring, policymakers can build on this success. In particular, HB2649, which is on the Senate intent calendar today, would enhance public safety by providing judges the discretion to give state jail inmates an incentive to complete rehabilitation programs and work while behind bars.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
'The Role of Parole in Texas: Achieving Public Safety and Efficiency'
The headline of this post is the title of a new report from the Texas Public Policy Foundation. I haven't had a chance to read it yet but wanted to pass along the link (pdf) Here's the description received via email: