Why people who have been incarcerated for long periods and the elderly, even if convicted of violent offenses, deserve special consideration in any parole system. By Joseph Dole

    The main goal of any parole system should be to ensure that people aren’t kept incarcerated past the point that they cease posing a threat to society. This ensures both the safety of society and that limited resources are not wasted on over-incapacitation. Having incarcerated so many millions of our fellow citizens for so long, we now have reams of data showing who is most or least likely to commit a new crime if released from prison. Unfortunately, the facts are often drowned out by rhetoric and stigma. The facts are that: 1) people in prison for violent …Read More →