So, I'm just getting ready to start a 7 page term paper (that is due in 10 1/2 hrs) for my Criminal Justice class. The topic of my paper is the Probation and Parole Systems. What I am curios about is, what do you guys think can be done to help fix the problems that face these two systems?
I believe that if we can fix these systems then it will also help aleviate the overcrowding prison problem as well.
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04-04-2007, 01:26 AM #1
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What do you think?
04-05-2007, 09:35 AM #2Fire Marshal/Safety Officer
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04-05-2007, 12:55 PM #3
The probation and parole system in American Criminal Justice is a scapegoat. It creates an exit strategy for those overcrowded prisons and facilities that so many complain about. If I remember correctly, a good percentage of inmates are in on an offense while on probation. Proving that it's not effective, or not being enforced properly. You could also argue that once a criminal always a criminal. But that could be countered by going back to the problems with prisons, but that's a different term paper.
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04-05-2007, 05:46 PM #5
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First of all, probation and parole are two very, very different things. Probation is a sentence. Parole is a reward for succefully completing a portion of the imposed prison sentence. Probation is designed (but not always used) as a sentence for non-violent, non-repeat offenders. An argument can be made that someone who commits fraud or is convicted of possession of small amounts of narcotics are not candidtaes for a prison sentence. If you look at the goal of the penal system being rehabilitation, this argument makes sense.
Parole is designed to proide time for a felon who has succesfully completed a portion of his sentence to transition back into society. They are closely monitored and are usually forced to get a job, get an educaiton and stayclear of persons who are known felons. There are also a number of other conditions that can be imposed.
Both parole and probation people can be put in prison if they violate the terms of the parole or probation.
Since you didn't ID what you think the problems are (it IS your class, you know), I don't know how else to address this.
One more thing. Keep in mind that the overwhelming majority of people who are granted parole and probation complete it succesfully. It is an essential tool for the criminal justice system.
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