EXiT will unite current and former community supervision executives to build a national movement to transform probation and parole to be smaller, less punitive, and more hopeful, equitable, and restorative.

Executives Transforming Probation and Parole (EXiT) unites current and former community supervision executives to build a national movement to transform probation and parole. We envision a supervision system that has a smaller and more focused footprint and values dignity, fairness, race and gender equity, community, and reintegration. We aim to shift the field away from finding failure, to focus on supporting people’s success on probation and parole, by taking a fair, helpful, and reintegrative approach. Probation and parole systems should be less punitive, more effective, and focused solely on the individuals who need support in lieu of confinement in order to keep our communities safe and healthy. We believe that probation and parole should affirm the dignity and humanity of people under supervision, and should provide hope for the future, not a pathway to incarceration.

EXiT brings together people who have run these agencies and understand what it takes to change systems, so that we can call for a transformation of probation and parole. Our Statement on the Future of Probation & Parole in the United States, signed by all of our members, outlines this vision and the principles we propose for any community corrections system.


EXiT is supported by the Columbia University Justice Lab, which combines original research, policy development, and community engagement to propel the project of justice reform.

 

4.5

million people under probation & parole supervision

4x

increase since 1980

4/10

people in prison or jail were on probation or parole at the time of their current incarceration