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NCJ Number: 151209 Find in a Library
Title: Alternatives to Imprisonment: Intentions and Reality
Author(s): U V Bondeson
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 293
Sponsoring Agency: Westview Press, Inc
Boulder, CO 80301
Publication Number: ISBN 0-8133-2011-9
Sale Source: Westview Press, Inc
Marketing Director
5500 Central Avenue
Boulder, CO 80301
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study of community corrections in Sweden aims to describe and analyze non-institutional treatment for offenders, evaluate the sanctions of conditional sentences and probation, and analyze and explain the effects of Swedish law in this area.
Abstract: The author focuses on the intentions of the Swedish legislature in passing statutes dealing with probation and conditional sentence, and the extent to which those intentions have been realized. The author has used a combined sociolegal and criminological approach in which the intentions of individual legislators are examined and compared with their subsequent implementation at the hands of the courts, professional probation officers, lay supervisors, and institutional staff. Quantitative data include recidivism rates for offenders given a conditional sentence, ordinary probation, and probation with institutional treatment. In addition, the analysis compares the perceptions of probationers and their supervisors regarding the effectiveness of the various treatment options. An in-depth study of a probation institution used participant observation and interviews with staff and inmates to collect data. Finally, the author outlines reasons for the partial failure of the probation treatment and presents ideas for reform. 2 appendixes, 399 references
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Community-based corrections (adult); Corrections effectiveness; Foreign correctional systems; Sweden
Note: Crime and Society Series
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