Alternatives to Imprisonment Essay

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Alternatives to Imprisonment 1

Alternatives to Imprisonment

Brandi Phillips-Moorhead

Corrections and Penology
Professor Jordan
September 30, 2012

Alternatives to Imprisonment 2

Table of Contents

Table of Contents……………………………………………………………………….2

Abstract…….....................................................................................3

A look at why we Imprison Convicts………………………………………….4

Drug Courts and Drug Treatment Programs………………………………4 - 5

Probation…………………………………………………………………………………5 - 6

Fines and Restitution……………………………………………………………….6 -7

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Whether it is for murder, robbery, kidnapping or drug offenses people were sent to prison with the thought of punishment and retribution in mind. Today we look at punishment by imprisonment in a whole new light. For instance, instead of punishment, rehabilitation is sought after when a person breaks the law and is sent to prison. But does rehabilitation in prison really work and is it even possible behind prison walls? According to the rehabilitation model, it is possible by “using treatment to restore an offender to levels of social functioning not yet attained by seeking a change in behavior produced by providing treatment and services” (Allen, 46). The question is, is there such treatment and services available in prison to produce such a change or are there other alternatives besides imprisonment that can bring about such changes in a person’s future behavior. “The likelihood of an offender receiving a non-prison sentence depends not only on the number of offense levels, but also on the type of offense for which he/she was convicted and their background” (Replacing Imprisonment with Targeted non-prison sentences and Collateral Sanctions).
Drug courts and Drug Treatment Programs- We will first begin by looking at the alternative of Drug courts and drug treatment programs compared to sending an inmate to prison. Today instead of imprisonment many states across the nation are implementing drug court programs by specifically designing programs

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