New research from the Council of State Governments Justice Center found that nationally, 280,000 people in prison—nearly 1 in 4—are incarcerated as a result of a supervision violation. Supervision violations include incarceration as a result of a violation of probation or parole.
This costs states more than $9.3 billion annually.
In Kentucky, 45 percent of the prison population are incarcerated due to supervision violations—10,876 people—at an annual cost to the state of $157 million. Kentucky has the seventh highest percentage of prisoners incarcerated due to supervision violations among all states.