Federal Parole Should Be Reinstated While There Are Federal Parole Officers.
Kentucky has parole. Most states have parole. The Federal Government does not have parole for new prisoners added to the Federal Prison System since 1987. Once a person is adjudicated guilty of a crime, a judge, or a judge and a jury, or a jury sentences the person. If the person is sentenced to prison, normally it is for a term of months for misdemeanors, or a term of years for felonies (more serious crimes). For pre-1987 Federal prisoners, and for most State felony prisoners, a parole board of that unit of government meets from time to time to determine if certain prisoners will be granted a degree of mercy and let out of prison on parole prior to the time their trial court had determined they would be released. Letting people out of prison early is an act of mercy, within a government's discretion, and has been a common practice for over a hundred years. Kentucky has a parole board and lets Kentucky state prisoners out of prison on parole earlier than the release date stated by the trial court; and I bet most States do, too. Under the Kentucky system, many people are denied parole, and the parole board orders a "serve-out" or for them to serve out their original sentence. Under many State systems, when the person is released from prison on parole, they report to a parole officer--an employee of the State Department of Parole and Probation. That same person keeps tabs on, and supervises, inmates on parole and inmates on probation. Probation is similar to parole, except it is a conditional release ordered by the trial court, instead of by a parole board. They both have the person reporting to a State officer once a month or more for monitoring, and requirements such as no firearms, no alcohol, no illegal drugs, no association with known felons, attend job interviews, and get a job. Generally, parole and probation are good for society, and they give people with criminal histories more suprevision than the ordinary citizen. Kentucky, the home of Jim Bunning, "Mitch" McConnell, and Hal Rogers has parole. The Federal government should have parole, also. Parole is good for society and good for the prisoner. We should act quickly on this because there are still Federal Parole Officers supervising paroled prisoners. The pre-1987 prisoners are a dwindling number of Federal incarcerated inmates, and will soon be all gone. Once they are all gone, there will be no Federal Parole Officers, nor supervisors, nor reporting system. Enacting Federal Parole after that date would require massive creation of a new Federal bureaucracy. Enacting Federal Parole now would merely shift new cases onto the existing Federal Parole officers, and require the appointment by the new President of hundreds of Federal Parole Board members to determine who gets out of prison early. Let's do it, and reinstate Federal Parole now. Kenneth Stepp.