- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 16, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A panel studying Rhode Island’s probation system has released a report saying the state needs to lessen the time people spend on probation and limit violation sentences.

The Providence Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1P7u6dW ) the Justice Reinvention Working Group’s Tuesday report said the state makes it easy for those on probation to be sent back to prison.

The report says an analysis of state corrections department data indicates that as many as 60 percent of people sent to the Adult Correctional Institutions are sent for probation violations at a cost of about $49 million a year.

The staff’s recommendations included limiting probation to one to three years and limiting probation violation sentences to 30 days. On average, the state sentences defendants to six years of probation. The national average is 1.9 years.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com

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