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NCJ Number: 159883 Find in a Library
Title: Creative Sentencing is Effective (From America's Prisons: Opposing Viewpoints, P 199-205, 1991, Stacey L. Tipp, ed. - See NCJ-159858)
Author(s): M Mauer
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: Greenhaven Press
Farmington Hills, MI 48333-9187
Sale Source: Greenhaven Press
P.O. Box 9187
Farmington Hills, MI 48333-9187
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article argues that the trend toward imprisoning more offenders worsens prison overcrowding, while failing to reduce crime.
Abstract: The article advocates developing alternative sentencing programs that tailor the punishment to fit the unique needs of the individual offenders. These sanctions would involve combining supervised probation, fines, restitution, community service, drug treatment, confined residence, and employment or education programs. Early evaluations of creative sentencing programs indicate that they are popular with judges and effective in reducing prison overcrowding.
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Courts; Prison overcrowding
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