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NCJ Number: 149847 Find in a Library
Title: Alternatives to Prison Sentences: Experiences and Developments
Author(s): J Junger-Tas
Corporate Author: Netherlands Ministry of Justice
Research and Documentation Centre
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 107
Sponsoring Agency: Kugler Publications
1001 GD Amsterdam, Netherlands
Kugler Publications
New York, NY 10009
Netherlands Ministry of Justice
2500 Eh the Hague, Netherlands
Publication Number: ISBN 90-6299-111-4
Sale Source: Kugler Publications
P.O. Box 1498
New York, NY 10009
United States of America

Kugler Publications
P.O. Box 11188
1001 GD Amsterdam,
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: Netherlands
Annotation: This study was conducted at the request of the Netherlands Ministry of Justice to explore alternative sanctions in other countries and compare them with the Dutch sanctioning system.
Abstract: The study covered 135 documents from 12 western countries and focused on such alternative sanctions as mediation projects, restitution, compensation, day fines, community service, attendance and day centers, electronic monitoring, intensive supervision programs, and boot camps. The effectiveness of alternative sanctions was assessed in relation to prison sentences, costs, and effects on offender behavior. It was determined that some alternative sanctions, such as mediation, restitution, and community service, are already used in the Netherlands. In general, alternative sanctions are recommended for certain crimes because they are less expensive than imprisonment and may be better able to realize the various objectives of punishment. The author specifically suggests that the Netherlands experiment with day fines, electronic monitoring, and intensive supervision programs. 133 references, 10 endnotes, and 1 figure
Main Term(s): Corrections in foreign countries
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Community service programs; Day fines; Electronic monitoring of offenders; Foreign correctional systems; Intensive supervision programs; Mediation; Netherlands; Restitution; Shock incarceration programs; US/foreign comparisons; Victim compensation
Note: Studies on Crime and Justice Series From the Dutch Research and Documentation Centre
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