How text messages could help California reduce parole and probation violations

In Politics by Michael Rae

According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, over 300,00 people in California were on parole or probation in 2019. And in 2020, about 11% of people being sent to California prisons were being locked up due to technical violations of the terms of their parole or probation.

Even small changes to how criminal justice supervision programs are administered can have important effects and help achieve criminal justice reform goals of reducing recidivism and the prison population. Simply sending text message reminders can reduce missed parole and probation meetings by nearly 30 percent, a new Reason Foundation policy brief