Title

From the Inside: The Meaning of Probation to Probationers

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-10-2008

Keywords

probation, correctional goals

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.1177/0734016808325036

Abstract

Beyond considerations of relative punitiveness, very little is known about how offenders understand the experience of serving a probation sentence. The current study surveyed offenders currently on probation to assess the extent to which they believed their sentence was rehabilitative, incapacitative, deserved, and a deterrent to future offending. Perceptions that probation served no purpose and that it represented a game of manipulation and impression management were also investigated. The results showed that most probationers believed that their sentence was a deterrent, and it was rehabilitative and deserved. They also felt that probation served multiple purposes, and a minority of respondents perceived that there was no point to being on probation. The implications of these findings are discussed.

Was this content written or created while at USF?

Yes

Citation / Publisher Attribution

Criminal Justice Review, v. 34, issue 1, p. 80-95

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