Corrections : The Controversies Of Offenders

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Community Corrections: The Controversies of Offenders Sentenced to Probation or Parole When the English common law emerged, it declared that the King had the ultimate authority over children, and; thus, children were assets. Throughout centuries, children were considered “little adults,” and “property,” consequently, exploitation of children as laborers was a customary occurrence. Families who were in severe poverty saw child labor as a necessity (Davin, 2008). During colonial times, children were perceived as “property of the parents,” hence, parents were allowed to “classify their children as stubborn and seek state punishment, including capital punishment” (Hinton, Sims, Adams, & West, 2007). The critical issue that arose from that belief was that children were no longer viewed as small and innocent instead they were judged as adults. Over the years, theories and laws continue to evolve, but is there a benefit when offenders, regardless of whether they are children, juveniles, and/or adults are given the opportunity to partially or completely bypass certain sanctions of their punishment? In recent years, the various media sources have established the fact that prison overcrowding is a major issue in the United States. The more concerns that society has with prisons overcrowding, the higher the expenses are for the taxpayers of the community; thus, the use of community corrections programs has increased. Community corrections programs are frequently used as a method to
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