Probation or Parole Sharking
The officials practicing it might see the same penalties as loan sharks.
This is a game several parolees and probationers have told me about. A remedy should be included in any reforms.
Three months before release, the authorities find a violation. Example? Mother's vacuum cleaner is in the trunk of the car. It is not stolen. It is borrowed, with permission, to clean the house. This violation results in a $3500 fine, an extension of 5 years, and impounding of the car and of the vacuum cleaner. The latter is not returned to the mother. There is no legal recourse. The penalties are without any hearing.