Minimizing Harm: A New Crime Policy for Modern America

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collect detailed background information on a sample of persons being admitted to prison for the purpose of being able to further delineate the seriousness of persons who on the basis of their conviction crime category alone appear potential candidates for intermediate sanctions;
design an intermediate sanction experiment, where the least risky (based on well-known recidivism prediction models) of the target population are released to participate in a model intermediate sanction program. The experiment would be evaluated to determine the costs and benefits of such a diversionary program; and
collect information on the capacity of community corrections agencies in California, what services offenders are receiving, and how prison crowding impacts probation and parole effectiveness.

Until such information is collected and debated, we are unlikely to change the course of corrections policy in California, which seems guaranteed to consign every available dollar to funding prisons. The result will be yet again, no money for treatment, no money for children, and no money for education -- programs we know help prevent criminal activity in the first place and enable offenders to make changes in their lives. With such information at hand, we might be able to agree upon reasonable intermediate sanctions for nonviolent offenders, not out of misguided sympathy for criminals but rather for the sake of citizens who deserve protection from violent criminals and more effective, less- bankrupting penalties for the rest.


References

Blumstein, Alfred, Jacqueline Cohen, Jeffrey A. Roth, and Christy A. Visher, eds. 1986. Criminal Careers and "Career Criminals." National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences, vol. 2.

Braumer, Terry L. and Robert I. Mendelsohn. 1992. "Electronically Monitored Home Confinement: Does It Work?" In James Byrne, Arthur Lurigio, and Joan Petersilia , Smart Sentencing: The Emergence of Intermediate Sanctions.

by rne, James, Arthur Lurigio, and Christopher Baird. 1989. "Effectiveness of the New Intensive Supervision Programs". Research in Corrections 2( 1):1.

by rne, James, Arthur Lurigio, and Joan Petersilia. 1992. Smart Sentencing: The Emergence of Intermediate Sanctions.

California Blue Ribbon Commission on Inmate Population Management. 1990. Final Report.

Cavanaugh, David. 1990. Cost Benefit Analysis of Prison Cell Construction and Alternative Sanctions. BOTEC Corporation publication.

Clear, Todd, and Anthony A. Braga. 1995. "Community Corrections". In Crime, edited by James Q. Wilson and Joan Petersilia. Crime State Rankings 1994. 1994. Morgan Quitno Corporation publication.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Tables and Figures vii
  • Preface and Acknowledgments ix
  • 1 - Introduction: Minimizing Harm as a Solution to the Crime Policy Conundrum 1
  • References 32
  • 2 - Public Attitudes Toward Crime 35
  • References 57
  • References 61
  • Notes 66
  • 3 - Prevention 67
  • References 86
  • References 112
  • 4 - Alternative Sanctions 115
  • References 147
  • References 163
  • Notes 169
  • 5 - Drug Policy 171
  • References 195
  • Notes 207
  • References 208
  • About the Editor and Contributors 209
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