Today 's Criminal Justice Over The Past Few Decades

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Modern trends in criminal justice over the past few decades exhibit the need for some criminal penalties amid the extremes of imprisonment and regular probation. Usually, increases in crime have been retorted with increases in imprisonment. This has developed a counterproductive model that often lead to overcrowded prisons and jails, early release of potentially dangerous criminals, and corrections budgets that eat away state funds. In an effort to be hard on crime, many jurisdictions are making their incarceration standards harsher. Regular probation isn’t the answer either. The security of the public can be seriously endangered by sentencing to probation. Unfortunately, probation often serves as a delta in sentencing for congested prisons. This causes sentencing to become much undefined. Because of this ambiguity, potential offenders cannot be sure how they will be disciplined if caught lawbreaking. In corrections, would be crooks need to know that at any time they commit a crime, a just punishment will follow. Intermediate sanctions give judicial and corrections personnel new ways to deal with trends in crime that’s more tailored to the crime committed. Intermediate sanctions are meant to be used as a means that is not as harsh as incarceration, but more severe than regular probation. The goal of these sanctions are to allow courts to have more options, have punishments better fit the crime, and to be more cost effective for the criminal justice system. In addition, they
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