To the editor: The Pennsylvania General Assembly must hold hearings to determine the effectiveness of Pennsylvania’s parole system after an Associated Press report recently found six homicides allegedly committed by five Pennsylvania parolees in two months. The report also found 93 murders were committed last year by parolees, according the Department of Corrections own numbers.
Since June 2018, Pennsylvania’s own statistics show that state prisons have reduced their population by 2,000 inmates. The PSCOA doesn’t take issue with reducing Pennsylvania’s prison population responsibly, but we must be sure that violent offenders aren’t being released. The commonwealth must review its policies and be transparent on how many parolees have committed crimes.