Facts, not headlines, should drive corrections policy

“The recent Free Press series (“Free to kill”) is sensationalized, misleading and unbalanced. Before policymakers react, it is crucial that they assess the content realistically and place the implications in a meaningful context.  The inflammatory image of large numbers of released prisoners roaming the streets assaulting and murdering citizens at will is wholly unsupported by [...]

Misleading Free Press headlines should not drive corrections policy

By Barbara Levine, Executive Director, Citizens Alliance on Prisons and Public Spending The recent Free Press series and its sensational headlines suggest that large numbers of released prisoners are roaming the streets assaulting and murdering citizens at will. Fortunately, the evidence does not support this extreme conclusion. Unfortunately, the disturbing image is what the public [...]

Correcting the record on probationers and parolees: Free Press series misleading, harmful to sound policy

The recent Free Press series (9/30-10/2/2012) and its sensational headlines suggest that large numbers of released prisoners are roaming the streets assaulting and murdering citizens at will. Although this image is simply untrue, the MDOC has already slowed the grant of paroles and is returning more technical parole violators to prison. The series began with [...]