Community Based Corrections: Viable Alternative to Incarceration

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Community-based corrections alleviate overcrowded correctional facilities, reduce taxpayer burden, and rehabilitate offenders, while providing effective, efficient low cost methods of supporting public safety, community rehabilitation, behavior modification and personnel responsibility, because it uses multiple approaches and involves both legislative and judicial personnel in all steps of the process. Community-based corrections facilities are located in the community and support diverse rehabilitative programs including restitution, community service and repayment of monetary fines (Moses, 2007). Community-based correction is not incarceration; there is accountability, responsibility and supervision with graduation within nine and twenty …show more content…
Preserving the criminal justice system and reducing the burden on the taxpayer goes hand in hand, however, not focusing on community service and alternative methods of punishment continue to prove counterproductive to zero recidivism. Community-based corrections have been show to be an effective alternative to incarceration (Moses, 2007). Researchers have a positive attitude towards community-based corrections, while the public’s perception is negative. The focus of the research is economic effectiveness and humanistic treatment of the offenders. The results indict a need for wider implementation of community-based correction programs. The funding is significantly lower for taxpayers than correctional facilities (Moses, 2007). Community-based correction reduces the overall cost spent on corrections; reduces the prison population and gives the public more control over its criminal population. “Landerville agreed “It is possible to speak about real saving of public funds by using community corrections only when “they are presented as alternatives to imprisonment and are suggested as a means of reducing overpopulation” to achieve positive results only “on the condition that is presented prudently and it is well documented.” Ninety percent of the traditional incarceration is a fixed cost. To reduce costs the existing system needs a notable change and elimination of correctional institutions, instead of using
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