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Costs and Effects of Intensive Supervision for Drug Offenders: A Reprint from “Federal Probation”
Most serious offenders use drugs, deal drugs, or b

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By Joan Petersilia (au); Susan Turner (au); Elizabeth Piper Deschenes (au)
Binding Paperback

Product Code: 142898836X

Most serious offenders use drugs, deal drugs, or both -- even if they aren’t convicted of drug crimes. Thus, the criminal justice system could be an important mechanism for affecting drug use. Monitoring offenders on probation could lower drug use if it leads them to seek drug treatment &/or the punishment for failing a drug test makes them think twice about using. However, such monitoring would require a much more intensive form of probation & parole than the kind that most probationers & parolees currently get. In fact, prison crowding has led most jurisdictions in the country to experiment with intensive supervision programs (ISPs), some focused on drug-using offenders. Typically, ISP programs involve small caseloads, frequent contact with the probation officer, strict enforcement of probation/parole conditions, curfew, community service, employment, & random drug testing. This article discusses an ISP demonstration project, which ran from 1978 to 1991, designed, implemented, & evaluated by RAND & the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). Graphs.

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