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NCJ Number: 200701 Find in a Library
Title: Probation or Parole Officer as an Advocate for Sentencing Reform
Journal: Community Corrections Report  Volume:10  Issue:4  Dated:May/June 2003  Pages:52,58
Author(s): Russ Immarigeon
Date Published: May 2003
Page Count: 2
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article explains why and how the probation or parole officer should be an advocate for sentencing reform.
Abstract: Probation and parole officers are in a position to provide the rationale and knowledge that emphasizes the value of applying care management practices tailored to client assessments, the identification of resources, the linking of services, the use of local community resources, the addressing of supplemental issues (victim services), and priority for the least restrictive alternative. Probation and parole officers are in a position to tout the values and effective methods of community-based corrections, which means they can provide significant input for sentencing reforms based in effective alternatives to incarceration. They should advocate for community punishment and corrections programs, supervised intensive restitution, and work release. The Justice Policy Institute has made numerous suggestions for how to develop sentencing alternatives specifically for women offenders. They include putting together a list of women incarcerated for nonviolent offenses who have no high-security or high-severity rule violations in prison for 4 months; listing inmates who are eligible for various community-based options; allowing interviews with inmates to assess amenability and interest in participating in and complying with community punishment options; and listing reasons why particular inmates are not eligible and explore the ability of particular options to be used more widely and appropriately. These practices are recommended as part of an advocacy plan for substantially reducing the overpopulation of nonviolent female offenders in institutions. Such sentencing reforms would produce better outcomes for offenders, the community, and the criminal justice system. Probation and parole officers should support such efforts.
Main Term(s): Community-based corrections (adult)
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Female inmates; Probation officer attitudes; Probation or parole agencies; Probation or parole officers; Sentencing reform
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