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From Supervision to Opportunity: Reimagining Probation and Parole
Special Editors: David J. Harding, Bruce Western, and Jasmin A. Sandelson

Vol. 701, May 2022

The United States’ systems of parole and probation are, by and large, failing to promote public safety and failing to rehabilitate the millions of people that they supervise; in fact, probation and parole in America often causes harm to individuals, and to their families and communities. Special editors David J. Harding, Bruce Western, and Jasmin A. Sandelson present new research from contributing authors on the performance of community supervision and argue for wholesale reforms that would repurpose resources into improved support for parolees, probationers, and the broader communities of which they are a part. They focus on building stability, opportunity, and pathways to upward mobility for the formerly incarcerated and for the other Americans who are or have been under the supervision our criminal justice system.

From the Archives

Truth as a Weapon in the Free World
Vol. 278, November, 1951
Richard Brecker

From the Introduction

In an address to the American Society of Newspaper Editors on April 20, 1950, President Truman declared that it was necessary for us to “make ourselves heard round the world in a great campaign of truth.” Calling attention to the vital importance of the psychological front in the present battle for world friendship, the President noted that the task of presenting the truth “to the millions who are uninformed or misinformed or unconvinced… is not separate and distinct from other elements of our foreign policy. It is as important as armed strength or economic aid.  ‘We must,’ he said, ‘pool our efforts with those of the other free peoples in a sustained, intensified program to promote the cause of freedom against the propaganda of slavery.'”