Locking people up for technical parole violations cost New York $683 million in one year

The state and its counties spent millions on incarceration due to these violations in 2019, according to a new report

Definition: technical parole violations are minor rule violations of parole requirements NOT the committing of a new crime. These violations can be not reporting to a parole officer, living at an unapproved residence, missing curfew or failing drug or alcohol tests. These violations often lead to people being thrown back in jail or prison, contributing to the cycle of incarceration at a huge cost to tax payers. We go in depth with a new study from The Justice Lab and The Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform that focuses on New York state.

  • 40 percent: people admitted to prisons were imprisoned for minor violations of parole rules.

  • Almost three times the national average of prison intake for technical parole violations.

  • In 2019, more than 5,700 people were locked up in county jails and state prisons due to parole rule violations.

  • In 2019, an average of 1,711 people were incarcerated each day in county jails based on an alleged technical violation.

  • 7,223 people were re-incarcerated in state prisons for rules violations.

  • 4,293 people were in state prisons for these violations.

  • New York counties spent more than $91 million on incarcerating these people.

  • The states taxpayers will pay more than $6.8 billion over the next 10 years to incarcerate people for these violations.

Read the full report here.

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