Probation, parole, and other forms of supervision are marketed as alternatives to incarceration in the United States. Supervision, it is claimed, will keep people out of prison and help them get back on their feet. The facts reveal the truth. WISDOM and EXPO Leaders contributed to an important new report, REVOKED: How Probation and Parole Feed Mass Incarceration In the U.S., issued by Human Rights Watch and the ACLU.
[Probation is] like a prison sentence outside of jail. You walk around with a rope tied around your leg to the prison door. Anything can lead to revocation.
–James Yancey, Georgia defense attorney
I asked for programs but . . . [probation] didn’t want to hear that I need help; they just gave me time.
–Monique Taylor (pseudonym), who has served years on probation in Pennsylvania for conduct related to a long-standing drug dependence.