prison reentry http://kplu.org en Washington's 'Swift And Certain' Parole Reforms Getting Results And Attention http://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://kplu.org Washington's 'Swift And Certain' Parole Reforms Getting Results And Attention Court-Ordered Fines Result In Modern-Day Debtors' Prisons, Says ACLU http://kplu.org/post/court-ordered-fines-result-modern-day-debtors-prisons-says-aclu <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A report from the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington and Columbia Legal Services claims court imposed fees in Washington state have resulted in modern-day debtors’ prisons.</span></p><p>The report documents cases of people being locked up because they couldn't make payments on their fines. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 03:55:58 +0000 Paula Wissel 13491 at http://kplu.org Court-Ordered Fines Result In Modern-Day Debtors' Prisons, Says ACLU