Go here for Grits' coverage of the court case that required the parole board to hold so many additional hearings.
The reduction in actual revocations is good news and is largely attributable to expanded programming and construction of Intermediate Sanction Facilities (ISFs) where parolees can be sent for short rehabilitative stints instead of being revoked back to prison for the remainder of their sentences. ISFs were part of the 2007 probation/parole reforms sponsored by state Sen. John Whitmire and Rep. Jerry Madden, and the resulting reduced incarceration is directly attributable to those measures.
In other news, reported the Chronicle:
Agency officials also heard promising reports concerning expansion of a program for parole-eligible sex offenders. As many as 27,000 of the state's approximately 152,000 inmates are serving time for sex offenses, and even more are imprisoned for crimes that had a sexual component.
Board member Corinth Davis reported that 2,795 of 2,830 inmates enrolled in a new nine-month program for medium-risk offenders had successfully completed the program. The medium-risk program, which augments similar efforts for low- and high-risk offenders, was created two years ago. Davis said 2,744 of 3,107 inmates successfully completed the program, which consists of individual and group counseling, in its first year.
Inmates must successfully finish the program in order to be paroled.