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Parole is defined as the conditional release of inmates from prison to serve the remainder of their sentences under community correctional supervision Silverman 509 This concept was created to encourage good behavior and to reinforce the ultimate goal of the prison system rehabilitation In fact the term parole is derived from the French phrase dhonneur meaning word of honor Silverman 510 While this seems like an ideal arrangement we must constantly remember that we are talking about the release of a convict someone who was found guilty under our judicial system If these people are capable of blatantly violating our laws what makes us believe that their word of honor means anything at all How can we trust a felon to return to society without putting the innocent at risk Studies show that approximately 62 of prisoners released on parole are rearrested for a felony or serious misdemeanor within 3 years Corbo 1 In fact recidivism rates show that 1 out of 4 parolees were rearrested in the first 6 months and 2 out of 5 within the first year after their release Beck 1 To understand better the severity of these statistics we must research what types of crimes are being committed after release and also what types of criminals are being paroled We have found through studies that released prisoners are often rearrested for the same type of crime for which they served time in prison If a large majority of the paroled are originally convicted of misdemeanors or less serious felonies the risk of recidivism is then not a huge gamble of societys well being Unfortunately when looking at statistics this is not often the case According to the Bureau if Justice Reports 596 of all violent offender parolees are rearrested within 3 years of their release along with 68 of property offenses 546 of public-order offenders and 504 of drug offenders Beck 2 Even more alarming than this is that
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