Reynolds said the average individual who violates parole spends two years in jail. Those who violate their probation agreements spend an average 1.7 years in jail.
The group suggests parole violators be sentenced to 60 days in jail for an initial offense and 120 days for a second offense, provided the person did not commit a new crime or try to flee supervision.
Reynolds estimates a supervision program would free about 800 beds each year in jails, and that would "chip away" at the backlog of prisoners awaiting beds in prisons.
The group also proposed changes to streamline the state's parole process.
Bureaucratic hiccups currently leave hundreds of prisoners in limbo as they await parole.
When the Parole Board is considering releasing a prisoner, members review the inmate's "home plan," their criminal history and a psychological evaluation. Prisoners are placed under "further consideration" if any of those documents are missing, and their hearing is postponed until all documents are completed and submitted.
According to the report, more than 1,400 people were placed "under further consideration" in 2011, up from 730 in 2007.
Fifty-seven percent of the 1,400 in 2011 were given that status because they did not have a home plan, while 17 percent were awaiting a psychological evaluation.
The workgroup suggested the state streamline the parole process by helping prisoners without home plans find housing and by requiring full psychological assessments only when a preliminary screening indicates it is needed.
Suggestions from the report likely will make their way into proposed bills once the 2013 legislative session begins next month.
The state Supreme Court took more immediate action on Tuesday, issuing a new policy directive partially inspired by the work group's findings.
Beginning Aug. 1, 2013, every felon convicted in circuit court will undergo a risk and needs assessment test.
"This assessment gives each judge objective information about the likelihood of the felon re-offending and what needs must be met to prevent such recidivism," state Supreme Court administrator Steve Canterbury said in a statement.
"It's another tool at the judge's disposal to help enhance public safety."
Canterbury, who was a member of the work group and is the former executive director of the state's Regional Jail Authority, praised the recommendations.
"Having run the jails for eight years and done this job for eight years, it's pretty clear that we face a real public safety problem when you have a person sitting in a cell one day and on the street the next day," he said.
"Public safety is not always enhanced by locking people up. Some people, by being placed on probation and having to do certain things to meet the terms of that probation, will be able to turn his or her life around."