The future of the parole system remains to be seen. Even though there are many institutional facilities around the country there are still not enough to hold the thousands of offenders every year. The system is overcrowded, staffing is low, and funding is hard to obtain. The entire justice system is at risk if the parole system were to fail. This would not be fair to those offenders that made a mistake and have learned from errors (Schuessler, 1954). The United States parole system was created to give a person a second chance of reclaiming his or her life after a criminal offense. If a person uses his or her time in prison productively then the parole board is apt to give the inmate a second chance. Once on parole a parolee must maintain the same values of hard work and determination used to gain freedom as the backbone necessary to keep that freedom. A parolee’s parole officer is in place to help him or her succeed, and as long as there is honesty a parole officer will do everything within his or her power to help. Just because the system is overcrowded that does not mean parole will not be revoked if necessary. The Division of Probation and Parole are in place to ensure public safety but they also want to make sure offenders are successful on parole because nobody wants to spend his or her life in prison when there are opportunities for a productive life.
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