Letter And Probation Violations : Are Jail Sanctions More Effective Than Community Based Graduated Sanctions? Journal Of Criminal

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Wodahl, Eric J., Boman, John H. and Garland, Brett E. (2015). Responding to parole and probation violations: Are jail sanctions more effective than community-based graduated sanctions? Journal of Criminal Justice 43: 242-250.

Summary of the Problem Discussed
Community-based sanctions have been very appealing for several reasons: First of all, it reduces the community’s reliance on incarceration, which is not only costly but also encourages repeat criminal behavior. However, increasing revocation rates among those under community correction have made policymakers question the effectiveness of these systems (Wodahl, et. al., 2015). Revocations have stressed prison systems, contributing to overcrowding and strained resources at both state and federal levels. In addition, revocation places stress on offenders, families and communities. Graduated sanctions, a series of swift, certain and proportionate punishments for violations, usually not involving incarceration, are proposed as a better alternative for all concerned; however, there is little research as to which kinds of sanctions work best.
Author’s Ideas and Conclusions
In theory, the threat of jail time acts as a deterrent because of the punitive nature of jail. Going to jail may create a number of problems—loss of income and possible loss of the job itself, difficulty with finding another job, family disruption, social stigma, loss of peer associations, violence and stress, lack of treatment for physical and…
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