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Report on re-arrest rates highlights potential and shortfalls of prison reform

People on parole or probation do not account for most new arrests in four cities in California, according to a new report. Instead, it is people who are not on supervision who are arrested most frequently.

“Most people would have stated before this report came out that probationers and parolees were the primary source of crime in their communities,” said Terri McDonald, undersecretary of operations for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. “At least in these four cities, this does not seem to be the case.”