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144,805

September 20, 2010

More than 2 percent of the population -- or 144,805 people -- were under some sort of community supervision by the justice system in New Jersey in 2008, according to statistics from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs.

Community supervision includes people on probation (128,737) and on parole (15,849). Most parolees were male (14,703), and 210 were being tracked by a global positioning system. Of the 9,455 people who exited the parole system in 2008, 7,469 completed their sentences, 1,680 saw their parole revoked and 168 were sentenced for another crime.

Of the 128,737 people sentenced to probation, 62,952 were convicted of felonies and 51,641 were convicted of misdemeanors. The greatest number of those on probation were there due to drug offenses (60,364); the second largest, due to property offenses (48,234). Probation for driving while intoxicated was the next-largest group (3,293).

While 2 percent of the population under community supervision seems quite high, the number actually dipped a bit from the previous year. Other states with even higher percentages include Georgia (5.8 percent), Massachusetts (3.6 percent) and Rhode Island and Minnesota (each at 3.3 percent.)

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