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Oregon Has the Lowest Percentage of Prisoners Serving Maximum Sentences

OPB | June 5, 2014 12:15 p.m. | Updated: June 6, 2014 10:09 a.m.

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A study released by The Pew Charitable Trusts found that nationally, 1 in 5 inmates serve maximum sentences and are then released without any supervision. It found that Oregon has the lowest percentage of prisoners serving their maximum sentences at just 0.4 percent.

Prisoners who are released before their maximum sentences are required to have supervision by parole officers, whereas prisoners who serve their full sentences are not. The Pew report also suggests that prisoners who are released into the community without supervision are much more likely to return to jail.

We’ll hear more about the study and its implications.

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