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Title: Community Corrections in the Public Mind
Journal: Federal Probation  Volume:60  Issue:3  Dated:(September 1996)  Pages:3-9
Author(s): T J Flanagan
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 7
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Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article discusses public sentiment about community corrections.
Abstract: The 1996 National Opinion Survey on Crime and Justice explored citizens' attitudes about community corrections programs. To place the survey findings in context, it is important to note three primary dimensions of Americans' attitudes about crime and criminal justice: fear of crime; exasperation with and loss of confidence in the official criminal justice system; and changing attributions about criminals, who are not regarded as products of poor social settings or unfortunate victims, but as more volitional and willful actors. Despite giving relatively low confidence ratings to the probation system and their perception of leniency in community corrections, survey respondents displayed positive attitudes about the effectiveness of alternatives to incarceration in protecting the public. The alternatives evaluated included working to earn money to repay victims, short-term boot camps, community service, electronic monitoring, house arrest, fines, and weekend jail sentences. Figures, references
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Attitude measurement; Correctional reform; Corrections effectiveness; Probation; Public Attitudes/Opinion; Public education; Public Opinion of Corrections; Science and Technology; Statistics
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