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Sponsors of the "Less is More" law, which will take effect in March, argued that too many of those released on parole were having it revoked for minor violations, including missing meetings with their Parole Officers.
Do they have a point that missing one meeting shouldn't be enough to send the parolee back to prison? Yes. But allow it to happen too often and it causes two problems: it devalues the work that Parole Officers do, and is a sign that there are problems in the parolee's life that could mean he or she is on the road to recidivism.
At a recent union rally, one veteran Parole Officer said the law "actually rewards" rulebreakers. She's right. The law should be tweaked so that missing one meeting, or even two, isn't enough to "violate" them, but a third no-show is.