Early Non-Judicial Release In Prison

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Thesis Even though early non-judicial release of prisoners will cut down on prison and jail overcrowding, releasing convicted felons from incarceration early is unethical and harmful for the community. Being released prior to their punishment having been fully served will send the wrong message to these proven criminals; that being if they commit a crime they can eventually get away with it. Additionally, recidivism rates will increase as these convicted felons will not have had the appropriate incarceration time to be rehabilitated and the ethics of the criminal justice system will be compromised.
This paper is an analysis of the ethics of early non-judicial release of convicted individuals and whether or not
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Additionally, these boards may be charged with the responsibility to determine which prisoners currently confined within detention facilities should be released early and not made to serve their full sentence as handed down by courts of law. Because federal laws and regulations have permitted individual states to determine ways to stop overcrowding of detention facilities, much controversy has been created regarding the legality and ethics of non-judiciary officials in determining what prisoners should be released early from their incarceration. "The existing body of literature examining parole board decision-making has largely returned conflicting findings with respect to the factors that significantly impact parole decisions and the weight that is attributed to those factors by parole boards" (Buglar, 2016, p. 287). When evaluating these situations from a deontological point of view, those accused of violating written law and having been convicted and sentenced by the court have been sent to incarceration for good reason. The criminal justice system as we have come to understand it has sent a non-interpretational and very direct message to the guilty and those who contemplate committing crimes. The message is, when convicted of wrong-doing within a court of law, punishment may include incarceration with …show more content…
The lawful morals and ethics criminal justice professionals have been empowered to uphold are instantly reversed the minute an inmate is allowed to walk away from detention earlier than otherwise sentenced. There are advocates of non-judicial release of prisoners who claim the action will reduce the cost taxpayers are required to put forth in support of county jails and state prisons. However these advocates tend to forget about the money already spent by these same taxpayers used to prove these offenders guilty of their crimes initially. Paroling an inmate early does not automatically translate into becoming a model citizen that is suddenly law-abiding. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics webpage, the recidivism rate for United States prisoners in calendar year two thousand fourteen was approximately sixty percent. Of this percentage, the re-incarceration rate of adult parolees equated to nine percent during the same calendar year. Those advocates and correctional board members who felt it was ethically correct to support early non-judicial release have a hard time justifying their cause when the convicts they at one time supported end up back in jails and prison and only add to the existing overcrowding issues. “Along with the increases in jail and probation populations, many counties