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NCJ Number: 76853 Find in a Library
Title: Programs and Issues in Community Corrections - An Overview
Author(s): K Johnson
Corporate Author: Wisconsin Legislative Council
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 43
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Wisconsin Legislative Council
Madison, WI 53701
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The purpose of this staff brief is to provide the Wisconsin Legislative Council Special Committee on Community Correctional Programs with an overview of corrections programs which are considered to be innovative.
Abstract: The report is divided into three parts. The first part describes the Minnesota Corrections Act and variations of it that have been adopted in other States, such as Oregon, Maryland, and Iowa. It also discusses the Community Corrections Act suggested by the Council of State Governments and describes the Wisconsin Community Youth and Family Aids Program. Each of the acts and programs presented in this section transfers responsibility for a large share of corrections programming from the State to the local level. The brief then provides an overview of specific community programs in which offenders or alleged offenders are placed. Types of programs include diversion, restitution, residential centers, weekend sentences, and reintegration. Also addressed are innovative treatment techniques, probation and parole supervision methods, and assessment teams of the programs which are located throughout the country. The brief concludes with identification of major issues in community corrections. These concerns focus on whether use of community corrections programs can reduce the number of offenders sentenced to State institutions, whether community corrections is less costly per offender than incarceration in a prison, and whether the use of such programs can reduce recidivism rates. An appendix and a 23-entry bibliography are provided. (Author abstract modified)
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Community-based corrections (adult); Community-based corrections (juvenile); Diversion programs; Parole; Probation; Restitution programs; State laws; Wisconsin
Note: Staff Brief 80-3
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