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Debate: Abolish Parole

Neubauer, David W. (2001) Debating crime: Rhetoric and reality. Belmont, CA:
Wadsworth/Thomson Learning.

White, Jonathan R. (2004) Defending the homeland: Domestic intelligence, law enforcement, and security. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Thomson Learning.

Read Issues 13, 14 and 17 (Parts VIII and X) in Debating Crime, and Ch. 1 and 2 in Defending the Homeland.

Review these Web sites: Federal Bureau of Prisons at
especially the About and News/Information pages.
*The Corrections Corporation of America Web site at

Despite the abolishment of federal parole in 1995, the number of adults on parole is on the rise, according to the 2003 Probation and Parole Bulletin issued by the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

? Resources: Electronic Reserve Reading article "Prison Overcrowding," Debating Crime
text, and current Bureau of Justice Statistics Probation and Parole Bulletin

? Read the most recent Bureau of Justice Statistics Bulletin on Probation and Parole in the
United States at by selecting the
Bulletin link that corresponds to the latest year (e.g., Probation and Parole in the
United States, 2003), and selecting the Acrobat file for that Bulletin.

? Outline arguments for and against the abolishment of state-adjudicated parole in a 200-
to 400-word response. Break down the rationale behind each argument.

? Cite sources according to APA requirements.

Thank You.

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Below solution is to help you argue positions on parole, use the web references for guidance.

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- originating from the French Word referring to the act of having given one's "word" or "commitment to an idea or act", a chivalric practice given in the Middle Ages. It is ironic that today, parole refers to the release of prisoners with their word of honour as the main base of trust after having served a certain amount in the correction system having behaved explicably whereupon eligibility to parole becomes possible. Convicted criminals by parole can rejoin society according to set restrictions, usually under the watchful eyes of a parole officer.

- In the US Criminal Justice System, it is important to differentiate parole from amnesty as well as the commutation of a sentence. Amnesty refers to full pardon while commutation of sentence is the full cut of the number of years of incarceration as meted upon by court-adjudicated punishment. While on Parole a 'parolee' is still serving his sentence due to the restrictions imposed upon him as well as the supervision of his Parole officer. As such this is where the argument, I suppose lies. Is parole worth it as a form of punishment when in fact, some states are lenient that restrictions are so ...

Solution Summary

Using the books by Neubauer & White on Criminology & Homeland Defense, the concise solution tackles the debate on Abolishment of Parole. It looks at the pros & cons of Parole & gives a set of perspective on the idea of abolishment that can be used in an essay or a classroom debate on the subject. Statistics used referenced from the Federal Bureau of Prisons.