The Perils of Probation: How Supervision Contributes to Jail Populations

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Vera Institute of Justice

The Vera Institute of Justice recently published a report analyzing data from nine cities and counties participating in the Safety and Justice Challenge (SJC) which seeks to address over-incarceration by changing the way the United States thinks about and uses jails. This report explores how probation drives jail populations in racially disparate ways—through stringent and difficult to meet probation conditions that can result in revocation and through the detention of people awaiting violation hearings.