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NCJ Number: 159888 Find in a Library
Title: Intensive Probation Does Not Work (From America's Prisons: Opposing Viewpoints, P 238-245, 1991, Stacey L. Tipp, ed. - See NCJ-159858)
Author(s): M Tonry
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 8
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 community-based intensive supervision programs do not deserve their popularity among probation officers.
Abstract: Probation officers tend to view intensive supervision as being tougher and more effective than regular probation. However, the available evidence, according to this author, indicates that intensive supervision programs fail to reduce prison overcrowding, save public money, or affect recidivism rates. Nonetheless, these programs are being implemented in many jurisdictions because they serve organizational and bureaucratic, normative, and professional and psychological goals. Intensive supervision has succeeded in increasing the institutional credibility of probation, and therefore, will probably continue to be an intermediate sanction of choice in the future.
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): Intensive probation; Intensive supervision programs
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