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Title: Executive Summary of Rand's Study, 'Granting Felons Probation Public Risks and Alternatives'
Journal: Crime and Delinquency  Volume:31  Issue:3  Dated:(July 1985)  Pages:379-392
Author(s): J Petersilia; S Turner; J Kahan; J Peterson
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 82-IJ-CX-0002
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article summarizes the major findings of a recent Rand study designed to discover whether felony probation presents an acceptable risk for public safety and, if so, what the system could do to overcome those risks.
Abstract: To this end, the study sought to establish how effective probation has been for a sample of felony probationers, identify the criteria courts use to decide whether a convicted felon gets a prison or probation sentence, discover whether the prediction of recidivism could be improved, and see if the system could develop a felony sentencing alternative that poses less risk for public safety. The results show that two-thirds of those sentenced to probation in Los Angeles and Alameda, California, were re-arrested during a 40-month follow-up period. The study concludes that the criminal justice system needs an alternative form of punishment intermediate between prison and probation. It describes such a program that incorporates intensive surveillance with substantial community service and restitution. The article concludes with several policy and research recommendations. (Author abstract)
Main Term(s): Probation outcome prediction
Index Term(s): Adult felony system; California; Intensive probation; Probation or parole decisionmaking; Recidivism prediction
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