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How Probation and Parole Feed Mass Incarceration in the United States

The 225-page report, “Revoked: How Probation and Parole Feed Mass Incarceration in the United States,” finds that supervision – probation and parole – drives high numbers of people, disproportionately those who are Black and brown, right back to jail or prison, while in large part failing to help them get needed services and resources. In states examined in the report, people are often incarcerated for violating the rules of their supervision or for low-level crimes, and receive disproportionate punishment following proceedings that fail to adequately protect their fair trial rights.

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  • Arbitrary Treatment of Unaccompanied Migrant Children in Paris

    This report found that arbitrary practices can lead to unaccompanied children being erroneously considered adults, leaving then ineligible for emergency shelter and other protection given to children.

  • How the U Visa Program Makes US Communities Safer

    Based on interviews with law enforcement in five states, immigration lawyers and crime victims, this report highlights stories of undocumented immigrants who courageously came forward to assist in the investigations of rapes, robberies, and attempted murders. 

  • Human Rights and Public Health Impacts of Indonesia’s Anti-LGBT Moral Panic

    This report documents how hateful rhetoric has translated into unlawful action by Indonesian authorities—sometimes in collaboration with militant Islamist groups—against people presumed to be LGBT.

  • A Long History of Rights Abuses by Hun Sen’s Generals

    This report spotlights 12 senior security officers who form the backbone of an abusive and authoritarian political regime. Each of these officers owes his high-ranking and lucrative position to political and personal connections with Hun Sen dating back two decades or more.

  • Discrimination and Lack of Accessibility for People with Disabilities in Iran

    This report documents the everyday barriers people with disabilities meet when going to government offices, healthcare centers, and when using public transportation. People with disabilities also regularly face stigma and discrimination from government social workers, healthcare workers, and others.

  • The Fatal Consequences of Dangerously Substandard Medical Care in Immigration Detention

    Based on the analysis of independent medical experts, this report examines the 15 “Detainee Death Reviews” ICE released from December 2015 through April 2017. ICE has yet to publish reviews for one other death in that period.

  • Discrimination in Education against Pregnant Girls and Adolescent Mothers

    This report draws on extensive Human Rights Watch research on the rights of girls in Africa. Human Rights Watch examined national laws, policies, and practices that block or support pregnant girls’ and adolescent mothers’ right to primary and secondary education in all African Union (AU) member countries.

  • Tunisia’s New Law on Detention, on Paper and in Practice

    This report examines the actual impact of the law granting detainees the right to a lawyer as soon as they are taken into custody. Every year, the police arrest thousands of people across Tunisia.

  • Israeli Banks in West Bank Settlements

    This report details new research on the scope of banking activities in settlements and the violations to which these activities contribute. Israel’s seven largest banks provide services to settlements.

  • A Lifetime of Isolation and Neglect in Institutions for People with Disabilities in Brazil

    This report found that many people with disabilities enter institutions as children and remain there for their entire lives.

  • Abuses by Armed Islamists and Security Forces in Burkina Faso

    This report documents the killings and harassment of villagers in the Sahel region caught between Islamists’ threats to execute those who collaborated with the government, and the security forces, who expected them to provide intelligence about the presence of armed groups, and meted out collective punishment when they d

  • Abuses Ahead of Burundi’s Constitutional Referendum

    This report documents violations and abuses by state security forces, intelligence services, members of the ruling party’s youth league – the Imbonerakure – and others close to the ruling party, in the year and a half leading up to the referendum.

  • The Special Criminal Court, a New Opportunity for Victims in the Central African Republic

    This report discusses the progress, obstacles, and challenges for the Special Criminal Court in its initial phases.

  • Bangladesh Crackdown on Social Media Commentary

    This report details dozens of arbitrary arrests since the Information and Communication Technology Act 2006 was amended in 2013 to incorporate harsher penalties and allowing the police to make arrests without warrant.

  • Insurgent Attacks on Civilians in Afghanistan

    This report documents attacks since 2016 by the Taliban and groups affiliated with the Islamic State of Khorasan Province (ISKP), an affiliate of the Islamic State. While the Taliban claim they do not target civilians, the report documents indiscriminate attacks by the Taliban that have killed and injured thousands.