Reducing Mass Incarceration One Offender at a Time
Despite nearly every U.S. state having created a parole system, incarcerated offenders do not have a constitutional right to early release on parole, and parole hearings do not automatically invoke due process. The resultant discretion afforded to parole decision-makers, coupled with the administrative regime’s relaxed evidentiary standards, risks erroneous, vindictive, or politically motivated information tainting release decisions.
Parole Release Hearings: The Fallacy of Discretion
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Louisiana, the world’s prison capital, has recently initiated parole reforms that may provide a model for reforms in other states. This article details the evolution of Louisiana’s parole release structures, highlights problems with discretionary parole-release decision-making, and proposes Louisiana pilot reforms that may transfer to other states.
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