2008-12-04 / Local & State

Consultant Suggests Pa. Parole System Improvements

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - An independent consultant says Pennsylvania's parole system must do a better job of identifying violent offenders who pose the greatest threat to public safety.

Gov. Ed Rendell on Monday said he agrees with the consultant's recommendations for improving state parole procedures. The review was headed by Temple University's John Goldkamp, a nationally recognized expert on incarceration.

The report says the state should classify violent offenders into two categories - those most likely to commit another offense and those less likely to pose risks to public safety.

But Rendell says the report also found that most of Pennsylvania's parole procedures are sound.

Rendell ordered the review in September after a Philadelphia policeman was killed by a paroled felon.

Return to top