Most prisons include highly efficient rumor mills that operate on a 24/7 basis.
In part, that’s because information is a very important commodity in prison. It can even be the difference between life and death for some prisoners.
The other reason is that most prisoners have enormous amounts of “free time” on their hands with absolutely nothing to do.
Anthony Weiner May Be Headed Back To Prison
At Fort Devens federal prison in Ayers, Ma, the rumor mill is rife with news that Anthony Weiner has violated the terms of his probation – and will likely be headed back there sometime soon.
Although not every probation violation results in a return to prison, that is usually the case when the violation is serious or repeated.
Most federal prisoners serve a probationary term of at least three years after they are released from prison and they’ve completed their Halfway House stay.
A serious violation – or a repeated violation – can result in a return to prison for some/all of whatever probation time a prisoner still has left.
In the case of Weiner, he was released from Halfway House on May 14, 2019.
That means he’ll be on probation until May 13, 2022.
Yet Another Girl May Be Reason For Weiner’s Return
Weiner’s supposed violation occurred when he communicated with an underage girl.
It is not known if the communication included the exchange of any pictures of either of them.
Weiner was originally sentenced to federal prison after he pleaded guilty to sending lewd pictures to a 15-year-old girl.
After serving his term at Fort Devens, he returned to New York City – where he registered as a Level 1 sex offender (That’s the lowest possible level).
Marriage Status Unclear
Although Weiner is apparently still married to Huma Abedin, a former top aide to Hillary Clinton, the status of that marriage has been the subject of much speculation.
Abedin originally filed for a divorce just hours after Weiner pleaded guilty to the charges that resulted in his imprisonment back in 2017. The couple subsequently “voluntarily discontinued” the case.
Weiner Has Recently Been Out And About
Weiner was recently spotted by a New York Post reporter having brunch with a young woman at Westville, a Wall Street restaurant, on a Saturday in June.
Although he originally appeared friendly and relaxed, he tensed up a bit when the New York Post reporter was seated at an adjoining table.
Shortly after that happened, Weiner and his guest abruptly left the restaurant.
Parole & Probation Violations Keep Prisons Filled
Parole and probation violations are one of the main reasons that state and federal prisons continue to be filled despite recent efforts to reform the criminal justice system by reducing the number of people sent to prison and the length of their sentences.
A recent report by the Council on State Governments indicated that 45% of all state prisoners are there because of parole or probation violations.
In twenty states, that figure was above 50% – with Utah leading the way with 79%, followed by Missouri with 77%.
Only two states – Arkansas and Massachusetts – attributed less than 20% of their state prison admissions to parole and probation violations.
At the federal level – where the term “supervised release” is used in lieu of the term “probation” – the percentage of prisoners who are incarcerated for such violations is approximately 40%.
Regardless of what system you’re looking at, prisons – just like hotels – do not like empty beds.
Empty beds can lead to prison closures, a reduction in the number of guards, reduced revenues for unions – and all sorts of bad things for the prison industrial complex.