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NCJ Number: 167587 Find in a Library
Title: Achieving Public Safety Through Rehabilitation and Reintegration: The Promise of a New ISP (Intensive Supervision Program) (From Intermediate Sanctions: Sentencing in the 1990s, P 115-134, 1995, John Ortiz Smykla and William L Selke, eds. -- See NCJ-167581)
Author(s): S Stone; B Fulton
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 20
Sponsoring Agency: Anderson Publishing Co
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Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper proposes a conceptual framework for a new model of intensive supervision programs (ISP's) and several key elements deemed critical to their success.
Abstract: Given the research findings, it is apparent that ISP's have not achieved their stated goals of prison diversion, cost reduction, and public safety through intense surveillance and incapacitation. Researchers have concluded, however, that they have provided an intermediate punishment for offenders that can be used as a sentencing option between prison and probation. The authors of this paper contend that ISP's can, and should, do more than provide an intermediate punishment. The authors recommend that rather than abandoning ISP's altogether, or continuing with ineffective practices, that the current model of ISP be modified to incorporate the available knowledge on effective correctional intervention. They suggest that ISP's remain intact but that they change the way in which they are intensive by shifting their emphasis from exclusive incapacitative and punitive measures to a more integrated approach of interventions and risk-control strategies. Some suggestions are to target high-risk/high-need offenders, focus on the provision of intense services, and use a balanced approach. Some elements of the model ISP recommended are objectives-based management, ISP officers as facilitators and advocates, small caseloads, a system of rewards, a system of sanctions, victim restitution, and community involvement.
Main Term(s): Corrections policies
Index Term(s): Intensive probation; Intensive supervision programs
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