A great report was just released by Pew on maxing out. This is an issue that CAP has been working on for a while. There was a provision in the 2012 Justice Reinvestment bill that read that individuals serving sentences for Class A felonies shall be paroled 18 months before their maximum term; Class B shall be paroled 12 months before their max and Class C shall be paroled 6 months before their max. This provision was removed at 11:30 pm on the last night of the 2012 session by Chair of Public Safety Rep. Henry Aquino. He then promised me that he would advocate for this bill the next session. That didn’t happen, so in 2014 Sen. Espero is introducing the bill again. We will need lots of help to get this passed. Again, this is another validation of what CAP has been working for. The community is definitely ahead of the legislature on justice public policy. We must keep pushing.
“Inmates released on parole are less likely to be rearrested for new crimes than inmates who serve, or “max out,” their full prison sentences, according to a new study of New Jersey incarceration data by the non-profit Pew Charitable Trusts.
The three-year recidivism rates of parolees and max-out inmates were nearly identical among those released in 2008, according to the study, but a deeper look revealed that many parolees are sent back for technical violations, such as failing drug tests or missing meetings, not committing new crimes.
“About 25 percent of parolees released in 2008 committed new crimes and returned to prison within three years,” researchers wrote. “Compared with 41 percent of offenders who maxed out their sentences, were released without supervision, and subsequently committed new crimes.”
The research notes that, max-outs tend to be high-risk offenders, but after controlling for certain risk factors, they found that parolees are 36 percent less likely to return to prison for new crimes.”
Read the report HERE
In Hawai`i, the recidivism rate for folks maxing out is almost 20% higher than those on probation or parole. What else do we need to know??? Please help us change this in 2014.