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May 6, 2020
A Dangerous Limbo: Probation and Parole in the Time of COVID-19
Closed courts, faulty technology and delays in post-release programs are among a range of barriers keeping a population prime for release behind bars.
April 3, 2020
Probation and Parole Officers Are Rethinking Their Rules As Coronavirus Spreads
Social distancing is pressing officials across the country to skip traditional methods such as jailing people for “technical violations” like missing check-ins.
January 17, 2020
People on Probation and Parole Are Being Denied Perfectly Legal Medical Weed
Despite statewide legalization, some counties ban probationers and parolees from using medical marijuana. So the chronically ill turn to less effective and more addictive prescription drugs.
Case in Point
September 11, 2017
Is There a Constitutional Right to Cash in on the Poor?
One Arkansas county takes on a private probation company.
August 28, 2017
When Less is More
How putting fewer people on probation and parole can reduce prison populations, save money and keep us safer.
Michael P. Jacobson
April 13, 2017
Probation-for-Profit Just Got Less Profitable
Georgia squeezes “offender-funded” supervision.
October 1, 2015
How to Fight Modern-Day Debtors’ Prisons? Sue the Courts.
Alec Karakatsanis’s quest to stop courts from punishing poor people who can’t pay their fees.
July 16, 2015
Living With an Ankle Bracelet
Freedom, with conditions.
February 24, 2015
Debtors’ Prisons, Then and Now: FAQ
Congress outlawed them. The Supreme Court ruled them unconstitutional. Yet they live on.
February 18, 2015
Making Overseers into Advocates
A social worker’s take on the misery of probation.