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NCJ Number: 149589 Find in a Library
Title: News of the Future
Journal: Federal Probation  Volume:57  Issue:4  Dated:(December 1993)  Pages:59-63
Author(s): J M Quinlan
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 5
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Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Increased crime rates, prison populations, probation and parole caseloads, and State expenditures for corrections may force innovative approaches to punishment, rehabilitation, and criminal justice.
Abstract: The public wants criminals to be punished in a way that protects the community but also wants to see corrections in proper perspective in terms of government fiscal priorities. Community-based corrections, expanded use of probation, and additional prison construction do not constitute total solutions to crime. Rather, the concept of "tough time" is proposed that incorporates adequate programming in such areas as literacy training and drug treatment. Tough time would be of relatively short duration and would not involve harsh or inhumane treatment. It would, however, make punishment real to the offender while emphasizing that self- improvement and positive change are acceptable life alternatives. Issues associated with the implementation of a tough time approach are discussed, particularly with regard to offender classification and control, costs, rehabilitation, inmate responsibilities, and offender reintegration into society. 6 footnotes
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): Correctional reform; Criminology; Incarceration; Inmate drug treatment; Literacy education; Punishment; Rehabilitation
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