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> chapter outline < > chapter objectives < After reading this chapter, you should be able to: 1 Explain the justifications for community-based corrections programs. 2 Specify the conditions under which an offender is most likely to be denied probation. 3 Describe the three general categories of conditions placed on a probationer. 4 Explain the three stages of probation revocation. 5 List the five sentencing options for a judge besides imprisonment and probation. 6 Contrast day reporting centers with intensive supervision probation. 7 List the three levels of home monitoring. The Justification for Community Corrections Probation: Doing Time in the Community Intermediate Sanctions Criminal Justice in Action—Boot Camps: Do They Work?
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288 >PART FOUR < Corrections store in Beverly Hills, California, without paying for $5,560 worth of merchandise. She also cut sensor tags off some of the items. Although Ryder could have been incarcerated for three years and eight months under California law, Judge Elden S. Fox of Los Angeles Superior Court sentenced the actress to three years’ probation, ordered her to perform 480 hours of community ser- vice, fined her $3,700, and required her to pay $6,355 in restitution to the Saks store. The judge also com- manded her to participate in a court–approved drug and psychological counseling program. “It is not my intention to make an example of you,” Judge Fox told Ryder. “I am going to hold you accountable for what happened. If you steal again, you will go to jail.” n November 7, 2002, actress Winona Ryder was found guilty of grand theft and vandalism. The charge arose from an incident a year earlier in which Ryder walked out of a Saks Fifth Avenue department O T he Wages of Shoplifting Ryder’s sentence sparked skepticism, as many felt she had been “let off easy” because of her fame and high-priced defense attorney. In fact, Judge Fox was hardly breaking new ground. Defendants found guilty of crimes far more serious than grand theft and vandalism are routinely given probation in this country. A sys- tem that initially gave judges the discretion to show leniency to first-time, minor offenders increasingly allows those who have committed serious crimes to serve their time in the community rather than prison or jail. Nearly one out of every four probationers has been convicted of a violent felony such as assault or rape. 1 Ironically, the trend toward probation can be partly attributed to the “get tough” approach to crime that has emerged in public policy. Campaigns to crack down on drunk drivers, the “war on drugs,” harsher sentencing statutes, and lim- itations on judicial discretion have placed intense pressure on the American cor- rections infrastructure. Even with unprecedented rates of prison and jail > AFP/CORBIS Actress Winona Ryder during her 2002 trial for felony grand theft and vandalism in Beverly Hills (California) Municipal
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