Private sector Supervision of Parole and Probation Violators

One out of 40 Adults free on the streets today is a convicted criminal released on probation or parole. That is approximately 5 million people under government supervision, and a majority are convicted felons. Some 60,000 government bureaucrats supervise these probationers an parolees.

The probation and parole systems have MANY problems, especially the fact that many of those released commit loathsome/heinous crimes.

• Criminals under government supervision commit over 14 murders a dayprison
• Approximately half (50%) of those arrested for a felony crime are already out on probation, parole or pretrial release from a prior conviction or arrest.
• One in 10 probationers and parolees “abscond’ or run.

In the upcoming year, state and federal prisons will release approximately 700,000 convicts, 40% more than in the previous year because of the enormous increase in the prison population and the pressure of the legislation imposed by the government who are control freaks.

The probation and the parole systems could be made more effective and efficient be enlisting the private sector. Those released on probation (no-incarceration) Or released early from prison could be required to post a financial bond guaranteeing behavior in accord with terms of the release. If individual accountability is the answer to crime, then it must include the most powerful kind of accountability: financial responsibility.

How would this work? It would simply transfer the successful commercial principals of our bail system to the probation and parole systems. In accord with our civil liberties, the criminal justice system allows most people who are arrested and charged with a crime to be released on bail pending trial. Bail operates on the principle that the accused can go free once he guarantees his presence in

court on a certain date by posting a significant sum of money. If he shows up, he gets his money back; if he does not, he suffers a major financial loss.  prisongang

Since many defendants do not have the money, the market provides the professional bail bondsmen or bail agent. If the bail agent is willing, he posts the entire bond in exchange for a fee, customarily 10% percent of the total bond. The bail agent loses the entire bond amount if the defendant fails to show up in court.

The private bail system works well, especially compared to public pretrial release programs (“free bonds”) which have twice the failure to appear (FTA) in court rates, fugitive rates and arrests rates of surety bond releases. Bail improves release behavior at no expense to the taxpayers, and thus plays a pivotal role in seeing that justice is done.

A bonding system promises to do the same for post conviction behavior. The idea that financially secured post conviction release programs supervised by bail agents that unsecured release works far greater and hold far less liability and a lower crime rate.

Some will argue that it is a great burden for the poor that afford to pay into the private sector. How do they pay off their fines and restitution to the courts in the public sector then?


The only active opposition to the relevance and remedy of this program is the parole and probation agencies who fear an invasion of their turf and of course their jobs. The bottom line is we should always be seeking out remedies for the greater good of the people and not for those who serve the people.


“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”

Nelson Mandela

One thought on “Private sector Supervision of Parole and Probation Violators

  1. This is a terrific idea. Most peer-reviewed studies show that those released on bail bonds vis-a-vis pretrial services/ROR show up for court at a much higher rate; furthermore, it is exceedingly rare for a commercial bail bondsman to have a fugitive out on the streets for over one year. Not so with pretrial services/ROR. Let market principles work with probationers and parolees, too. Implementation of this idea will be difficult and require withstanding ACLU challenges all the way up to the US Supreme Court.


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