Jones figures he needs about $3 million to hire the number of parole and probation officers it would take to handle the increased workload. As it is, pardon and parole officers are inundated. Note an example in Tulsa, where a man now accused of being involved with killing four women was one of 150 cases handled by a parole officer. The process of determining whether the man's parole should be revoked after his conviction on a misdemeanor took two months, during which time the murders were committed.
Even if the Justice Reinvestment Act were funded, the prison population would still grow, but at a slower pace. Lawmakers, Jones said, “don't want to hear that we're growing.”
Indeed most prefer not to hear much of anything about corrections, except that we're putting away bad guys and keeping them locked up as long as possible.