The Various Roles of Massachsetts’ Parole Officers

Nearly 50 percent of former inmates return to prison in massachusetts. The responsibility to lower that recidivism rate often lies in the hands of parole officers — but some say POs are too quick to use their powers of arrest. One of the state’s eight parole offices is located in Springfield, a medium-sized city with a record high murder rate. WFCR’s Francesca Rheannon spent time there with one parole officer.