Inmates in our prison system live in an environment of constant tension where even the most insignificant mistake can have extremely dire consequences.Prisoners are also stripped of the ability to make even the simplest of decisions such as what to wear,or eat plus when to go to bed or when to get up.While these may seem mundane to us, they are the building blocks in our ability to cope in society and like any other skill if we don't use them we lose them. Simply tossing them out on the street without helping them to first decompress and re-acquire or in some cases learn the skills needed to function in society is a recipe for disaster not just for the offender but for all of us.
Overall the re-admission rate for offenders is 44% while for those on some type of early release it is 37.1% and for those released on mandatory supervision it is 46.6% almost double that of full parole which is 25.1%. True the higher numbers for mandatory release reflect the fact that these offenders were considered at higher risk to re-offend in the first place,but they also highlight that the parole board usually gets it right.
So while parole has proven to be an effective tool for managing an offenders re-integration into society Harper once again refuses to accept the evidence and has decided that parole must become harder to get. Dumb on crime indeed,