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Report Says More Released Prisoners Need Supervision

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(WLNS) - There are more than three dozen prisons in Michigan, which house more than 40,000 inmates.

Even though the prison population has dropped in the last few years due to inmate releases a new nationwide report is questioning the benefit of allowing prisoners to go free without any supervision by parole officers.

6 News Francesca Amiker tells us why many believe more supervision is important.

The new report states that more and more prison inmates nationwide are serving their sentences, but going free without any supervision by parole or probation officers.

Right here in Michigan fewer than 8 percent of inmates were released with supervision, which the report says could likely land those prisoners back in the jail house.

The report released by Pew Charitable Trusts says that even short term supervision would be useful because offenders are at greatest risk of committing new crimes in the months immediately after release.

Pews' analysis of Department of Justice shows the number of inmates who maxed out their sentences in prison grew by 119 percent between 1990 and 2012, taking inmate numbers from 50,000 to more than 100,000.

Among prisoners released in 2012, 22 percent were all unsupervised and the report says Michigan is not the only state that needs more supervision when it comes to inmates.

In 2012 more than 40 percent of released inmates left without supervision in Ohio, Oklahoma, Florida and Massachusetts.
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