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NCJ Number: 181827 Find in a Library
Title: Embracing Key Strategies for a Rational Probation System
Journal: Community Corrections Report  Volume:7  Issue:3  Dated:March 2000  Pages:33-44
Author(s): Dan R. Beto; Ronald P. Corbett Jr.; Gerald R. Hinzman
Date Published: March 2000
Page Count: 5
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article suggests ways to make probation a credible criminal justice sanction.
Abstract: In a public climate that has grown steadily more conservative on crime, probation is poorly positioned--in terms of both know-how and resources--to meet the challenge posed by the amount and high-risk nature of today’s caseloads. Nine key strategies can move probation from an underfunded, unappreciated, and unknown correctional option to one that plays a significant role in the crafting of criminal justice policy and in promoting public safety. Probation should be a system that: (1) reflects the values of American citizens (safety from crime, offenders held accountable and responsible for restitution, treatment and safe release of offenders); (2) emphasizes public safety; (3) includes meaningful supervision; (4) allocates resources rationally; (5) enforces conditions strongly and responds quickly to violations; (6) contains meaningful partnerships; (7) focuses on accountability; (8) includes performance-based initiatives; and (9) displays leadership.
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Caseloads; Probation; Probation casework; Probation costs; Probation effectiveness; Probation evaluation; Probation management; Services effectiveness
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