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Federal Supervised Release Revocation for Drug Use: The Rest of the Story

Volume 83 Number 1
June 2019

One perspective currently popular in the media and elsewhere suggests that technical violations of community supervision are a major contributor to the ballooning prison population. However, is that what is really happening in the federal probation system? To seek an answer to this question, the authors conducted an exploratory review of case data related to persons on a term of supervised release who were revoked for drug use, which is a technical violation.