probation http://www.kplu.org en Washington's 'Swift And Certain' Parole Reforms Getting Results And Attention http://www.kplu.org/post/washingtons-swift-and-certain-parole-reforms-getting-results-and-attention <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">President Barack Obama wants to expand a program pioneered in Washington to reform probation and parole. The new state law dramatically changed its approach to ex-offenders, and even the experts who back the new approach have been surprised at the promising results.</span></p><p>In the past, ex-offenders on probation or parole could often rack up a bunch of violation before they’d be punished. And by then the sanctions could be harsh: many months in jail.</p><p>The idea behind the new approach, called "swift and certain," is that a minor violation triggers an immediate but moderate punishment, such as a couple of days in jail for failing a drug test.</p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:01:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 14620 at http://www.kplu.org Washington's 'Swift And Certain' Parole Reforms Getting Results And Attention