R. Kyle Alagood

Gadfly. Writer. Activist. Transparency Advocate. Proud Former Food Stamp & Medicaid Kid. Believer in Barbara Jordan's America. TBD.

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

5 T. Marshall School of Law J. on Gender, Race & Justice 1 (2015)

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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.

Image courtesy of DonkeyHotey, via Flickr.

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R. Kyle • March 16, 2015

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