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Rearrest rate high in felons released on "shock probation"

Jason Riley of The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.) found that many inmates granted "shock probation" were being re-incarcerated in Jefferson County, Ky. The program releases offenders after only one to six months of their sentence and was developed for "first-time, nonviolent offenders who, after getting a taste of prison life, would be so 'shocked' by their experience that they would be deterred from future crimes." Riley's analysis showed that last year, more than 45 percent of felons in this program were rearrested for violent crimes including murder, rape and armed robbery.

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