“The Removal Of Parole”

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What is parole? Parole is the release of criminals from prison early. In the majority of cases the early release is due to good behavior. The prisoner may only be paroled after serving part of his or her sentence. The prisoner if granted parole is then given a continuation of a sentence away from the prison. The paroled is called a parolee and must follow certain rules for example they must get a job, avoid liquor and other drugs, and if they have a family they have a family they must support the family. If the parolee violates any of the rules given to them, or commit another crime, they are sent back to prison.

In the 1900's, many began to criticize parole. The reason for the criticism was they did not believe that it helped prisoners readjust to society. Also the critics felt that criminals who committed the same crime did not spend the same time in prison. Between 1976 and 1984, 10 states passed laws that abolished parole and set fixed sentences. Under the fixed sentence system criminals must serve a specific amount of time in prison to fit their crime.

Today one of the most hotly debated topics is the parole system. Many feel that it is time to do away with parole, while others fight for it to remain. While both sides have convincing arguments the stronger voice is the one to remove it. The reason for removal is that many of the parolees are re-arrested. The issue is a national one for the United States of America. I side with the removal of it. This is because studies show that many convicts return to crime after being paroled and the punishment of breaking their parole doesn't prevent them...