Study: Those on parole, probation involved in one out of five arrests

Paige St. John (Los Angeles Times) | January 22, 2013

A national research group that monitored crimes in four California cities says one out of five adults arrested for a crime is someone on parole or probation.

California corrections officials said the findings released Tuesday by the Council of State Governments’ Justice Center suggest public perceptions that those on parole and probation are a high crime risk are not supported. The study found that nearly two-thirds of those arrested, 62%, had never been under law enforcement supervision.

Terri McDonald, undersecretary for prison and parole operations at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, said the report’s findings that parolees and probationers are twice as likely to be arrested for drug-related offenses points to the need for alternatives to incarceration.

“You cannot just use the jail bed for every problem,” she said. “This reinforces the importance of us focusing on substance abuse treatment.”

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Photo credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times

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