Chapter twelve of the text discusses probation and other forms of alternative sentencing. Not putting people in jail is a good idea, but only if the alternative to incarceration is successful.
In your written assignment this week, describe what factors may cause probation to be successful or not. What are the roles of the corrections organization, the probation officer, and the offender in the outcome of the probationary period? When can we determine the probationary period be deemed a success? At what point would an attempt at productive probation sentence be deemed a failure?
For reference material use at least your text and two or more of the following sources. As always, remember to identify passages in your essay where you are quoting, paraphrasing, or summarizing as well as the source you are using.