Over 6 Million Americans are on Community Supervision: Reforming Pretrial, Parole, and Probation





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Published on Apr 8, 2020

Why Reform the Criminal Justice System? The criminal justice system is a complex web of agencies—law enforcement, prosecution, defense, courts, pretrial, probation and/or parole, prison, jail, treatment, and other organizations. Reforming the system is difficult since changing one part of the system can affect other parts of the system—typically resulting in a number of unintended consequences (and sometimes adverse effects). 1 in 5 adults in the US have been involved in the justice system, and involvement in the system affects families and communities. This series is about reforms—what needs reforming? Why reform? And how can the reforms justice improve justice and social equity?

This webinar will focus on the invisible part of the justice system which is probation, parole and other community corrections. Yet over 6 million adults are on community supervision, which averages out to be about 1 in 55 people (18-90 year old). Community supervision can fuel the incarceration system with the many conditions that are part of supervision. Learn about why we need to reform community supervision just as much as reform the use of prisons/jail.

Featuring: Erin Haney, National Policy Director, REFORM Alliance; Dr. Brian Lovins Principal, Justice System Partners (JSP)​; and Faye S. Taxman, PhD Co-Chair, JCPA Criminal Justice Initiative Director, Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence.


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