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NCJ Number: 119942 Find in a Library
Title: Community Corrections: Turning the Crowding Crisis into Opportunities
Journal: Corrections Today  Volume:51  Issue:6  Dated:(October 1989)  Pages:82,84,86-88
Author(s): B J Nidorf
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 5
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article points out that prison crowding is forcing communities to develop alternative criminal sanctions for petty offenders and nonviolent felons.
Abstract: Prisons are now so crowded that they can hold only the most dangerous offenders. Alternatives to incarceration must be found for lesser criminals and must fit the crime, be sufficiently unpleasant to deter criminals and make them an example to the community, and protect the community in real and credible ways. The time has come for community-based corrections and for programs that utilize probation and police cooperative action, probation and prosecution cooperative action, intensive supervision, electronic surveillance, and narcotics and drug deterrence. Other community alternatives include work furlough programs, probationer violation and restitution residential centers, day reporting centers, and paid intensively supervised work crews. Community alternatives are more expensive than traditional probation, but they are much less expensive than incarceration. Legislatures will not endorse the alternatives, however, if the public believes that the only real sanction for crime is incarceration.
Main Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization
Index Term(s): Prison overcrowding
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