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NCJ Number: 156651 Find in a Library
Title: Costs and Effects of Intensive Supervision for Drug Offenders
Journal: Federal Probation  Volume:56  Issue:4  Dated:(December 1992)  Pages:12-17
Author(s): J Petersilia; S Turner; E P Deschenes
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 6
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes a demonstration program in which nearly 600 adult drug offenders in five jurisdictions were randomly assigned either to intensive supervision programs (ISPs) or to routine probation/parole and tracked for a year.
Abstract: The primary focus of these programs was surveillance, not treatment; the assumption was that stricter supervision would deter offenders from committing crimes or using drugs. The results showed that ISP offenders were seen more often by probation officers, submitted more frequently to urinalysis testing, received slightly more counseling, and were more often employed than offenders undergoing routine probation. Within one year, ISP offenders had a higher rate of technical violations of their probation conditions, primarily for drug use, but there was no difference between groups in terms of new criminal arrests. Because more ISP offenders had been imprisoned for technical violations, the cost of ISP averaged around $8,000 per year, compared to $5,500 per offender in routine probation. 3 figures and 7 references
Main Term(s): Drug offenders
Index Term(s): Intensive supervision programs; Probation violations
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