Last week the Harlem Community Justice Center hosted the monthly Parolestat meeting. Parolestat is the New York State Division of Parole’s version of Compstat (a.k.a Comstat), the now famous NYPD data driven management accountability strategy credited with helping to drive down crime in New York City.
In New York State Parole is organized by regions; within regions bureaus are the next organizational levels. Each bureau is headed by a bureau chief that supervises senior parole officers who in turn supervises Parole Officers in the field. Last week’s Parolestat meeting focused on the Metro 1 Region covering the Bronx and Manhattan. The meeting also examined the work of Facility Operations; Parole staff in correctional facilities that process inmate transfers, pre-pare inmates for release and schedule appearances before the Parole Board.
Parolestat is helping the Division of Parole to achieve the goals of improved public safety and better outcomes for parolees. It serves as one more example of the application of modern management strategies designed to promote accountability and the efficient and effective use of government resources.