Returning To Prison

Returning To Prison

90% of prisoners will be released back into our communities.

In 2010, the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections released 18,417 inmates from state prisons. The average time served for sentences was 48.5 months at state prison.
The number of inmates initially released serving a sentence of two or more years hit an all-time high of 11,511 in 2010.

Almost 23% of these inmates were released at their maximum sentence date with no supervision during re-entry. Based on recent trends, roughly two out of three will be re-incarcerated within three years.

Treatment and reintegration must be addressed properly. Although 60% of offenders are in the community under court supervision, 90% of state budgets are spent on prisons, not on reintegrating them successfully.

Under PA Board of Probation & Parole (PBPP), each person on probation or parole costs an average of $3000. If an offender is under state parole and violates a condition, he will be sanctioned, sent to a treatment program or have his parole revoked and re-incarcerated. In 2010, 53.1% of parolees successfully completed parole.

About 10% violated parole and 64% of those were technical parole violators who were not convicted of a crime but violated conditions such as missed appointments.

As of the end of 2008, 73% of those on parole who could work were employed.