Description: Probation is usually considered a rehabilitation form of punishment, in which people are released from prison early or allowed not to go to prison. Purpose(s) served: It allows people a trial period in which they can demonstrate behavior conducive to being a productive member of society, such as obtaining a college education in prison (“Probation”, 2005). Advantages: 1. One of the benefits of probation is that criminals are not incarcerated. 2. It usually requires gainful employment which helps people financially. 3. Some people are required to pass drug and alcohol tests, which can help them to get sober.
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Nieto, M. (1996). Community corrections punishments: an alternative to incarceration for non-violent offenders. California Research Bureau. Retrieved from http://www.library.ca.gov/CRB/96/08/index.html
Probation. (2005). The Free Dictionary. Retrieved from http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Probation