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Reflecting on Parole's Abolition in the Federal Sentencing System

Volume 81 Number 2
September 2017

The author suggests how the Sentencing Reform Act’s complete elimination of parole may have, at least indirectly, exacerbated some of the most problematic aspects of modern federal sentencing. He then highlights a few notable recent federal sentencing developments that have functioned as a kind of parole light,” and closes by suggesting that advocates for federal sentencing reform consider recreating a modest, modern form of parole as an efficient and effective means of improving the federal sentencing system.