Intermediate Sanctions : The Criminal Justice System

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Christopher Fischer
November 16th, 2014
Intermediate Sanctions in the Criminal Justice System

Modern day prisons are being shoved full of a number different crimes, however many of these offenders are serving time for non-violent crimes such as drug offences or white collar crimes. Especially with the war on drugs and the large percentage of drug offenders being put behind bars for years and years for, realistically not a lot, the criminal justice system has been trying to come up with new ways to deal with these offenders. Although it has been improving, there are still an abundance of non violent offenders in US state and federal prisons that would most likely profit from other means of rehabilitiation then just fences and cells. Overcrowding prisons with inmates that could benefit from other types of punishment or treatment is at an all time high. There are many different ways to deal with different offenders, they are not just limited to prison or jail time like in the past. These options include probation, halfway houses, community corrections, and electronic monitoring to name a few. These alternatives to prison can greatly change the way we perceive and treat non violent offenders, most notably drug offenders. With President Nixon’s war on drugs still the go to method on dealing with illegal narcotics, the amount of drug offenders being sent to prison is still sky high. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), in 2004 out of all the
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