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Minnesota's Inmate Release Program Failure Rate: 40%

October 28, 2010  | 

About 40 percent of Minnesota convicts who are let go from prison on supervised release either run from authorities or commit new crimes, a Star Tribune analysis of state corrections data shows.

For some it was fairly predictable that they would have problems. Those who become fugitives or get arrested tend to be veterans of the state prison system who have committed the most serious crimes, such as assaults, aggravated robbery, sex crimes, DWI and drug offenses.

But in Minnesota, that doesn't matter. The length of a prisoner's supervised release, a time when criminals are supposed to adjust to life outside prison under the watchful eyes of corrections officials, is set using the same formula for every offender. Regardless of their likelihood to succeed, most offenders spend two-thirds of their sentence behind bars and one-third in the community.

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Ashley @ 4/12/2013 6:55 PM

i feel that there should be contional release the doc and the parole officers that my fiance is dealing with should be fired for threats and false statements to him and to me and there boss also when we went to him to let him know what was all goin on and what was being said nothing happend all he did was call the parole officers and had them tell us to stop callin now he is in prison for something that is small and not worth goin when he had a house a job and his ankle braclet tooken off he was doing good and now he lost it all due to something small and uncalled for i feel if they comit the main crime they were charged with from the start they shouldn't have to go back to prison

Ashley @ 4/12/2013 7:03 PM

something has to be done to where people shouldn't have to deal with the DOC or those parole officers i feel if its not a mager crime why send them back to prison my fiance had everything goin for him we even have a kid on the way but hes stuck in prison for 5 months over a small deal all i have to say is that law needs to go through for contional release them getting sent back to prison all the time isnt going to do any good how can they prove them selfs if they get sent back all the time over small things they will end up having no life but behind bars how can anyone succeced if thats all thats goin to happen all the time something needs to change!!!!!

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