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April 20, 2015

About 6,000 New Jersey inmates are released on parole every year, and that’s a good thing, according to a report by the Pew Charitable Trusts. That’s because those who are released on parole are much less likely to commit new crimes than those who “max out” their sentences. According the report, 25 percent of those released on parole in New Jersey commit new crimes, while more than 41 percent of those that max out do so.

Although the report notes that max-out prisoners tend to be higher-risk offenders than parolees, when the study controlled for factors such as criminal history, current offense, age, and time served, parolees were still 36 percent less likely to return to prison.

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