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Title: Not in My Backyard: The Impact of Community Sentiment Against Parolee Placement
Journal: Perspectives  Volume:14  Issue:3  Dated:(Summer 1990)  Pages:13-17
Author(s): L Klein; J Luxenburg; S Rogers
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 5
Type: Report (Technical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The case involving the release of convicted rapist Lawrence Singleton to a parole supervision program in California demonstrates the impact of fear of crime on community supervision programs and suggests strategies for minimizing community opposition to parolee placement.
Abstract: In 1977 Singleton brutally raped, sodomized, and hacked off both arms of a 15-year-old female. After 8 years in prison, Singleton came up for mandatory release under the State's determinate sentencing laws. Many communities rejected his placement in a 1-year parole release program. He eventually moved into quarters outside San Quentin Prison for 1 year and then resettled in Florida. This case demonstrates public concern regarding crime and the inefficiency of the criminal justice system. Methods of overcoming community opposition include education and the visible participation of citizens in supportive programs such as work release. In addition, careful selection of parolee placements and the choice between two strategies: placing parolees in a low-profile manner or informing a few community leaders. 19 references
Main Term(s): Offender supervision; Public Opinion of Corrections
Index Term(s): Community relations; Community support; Parole; Probation or parole decisionmaking
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