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NCJ Number: 126116 Find in a Library
Title: Alternatives to Prison: Punishment, Custody and the Community
Author(s): A A Vass
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 218
Sponsoring Agency: Sage Publications, Inc
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Publication Number: ISBN 0-8039-8264-X
Sale Source: Sage Publications, Inc
2455 Teller Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
United States of America
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This analysis of the role of alternatives to incarceration argues that alternatives based on coherent criminal justice policies can help counter the emphasis on the use of prisons in England and Wales as well as in other countries.
Abstract: Historically, alternatives have been shown to have little influence in controlling the expansion of the use of prisons. Although some research suggests that alternatives may help the prison establishment to expand, much of the supporting information is unconvincing. However, alternatives cannot be expected to resolve the crisis of prison overcrowding and increasing recidivism. This crisis is a policy crisis; a carefully developed policy is essential to reduce the rate of incarceration and the prison population and to define the role of alternatives to institutionalization. Discussions of the development of prisons and experiences of various countries in diverting offenders from prison. Tables, chapter notes, index, and 334 references.
Main Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization
Index Term(s): Corrections policies; England; Prison overcrowding; Wales
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