Crime is down across Pennsylvania. But incarceration rates are climbing, and more people are on probation or parole. The problem is exacerbated in Philadelphia, where one in 23 adults is on probation or parole. But why? An Inquirer investigation found that many people are ending up in an ever-increasing cycle of jail and probation.
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Crime rates in Pennsylvania have fallen to their lowest point in decades. But since 1980, the rate of incarceration in Pennsylvania state prisons and county jails has nearly quadrupled. And the number of people on probation or parole has also grown to be four times larger.
An Inquirer investigation found a system virtually ungoverned by law or policy. That means wildly different versions of justice from one courtroom to the next. People are being resentenced multiple times for infractions that include missing appointments or falling behind on payments. As a result, probation and parole violations are flooding the court system, filling up city jails and driving up state prison populations.
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In the waning days of summer 2016, three state senators embarked on a European trip with campaign donors. The trip included the chairman of the Senate committee that regulates liquor laws. And it came three weeks after major legislation expanded wine sales in Pennsylvania.
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