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Unformatted text preview: probation officer and to refrain from certain activities the person might otherwise enjoy. But the main effect, if it works, is to convince the people on probation that the State will not tolerate the criminal behavior that occurred, and that if they do not show signs of correcting themselves, they may find themselves in jail next time. It is hard to say exactly how effective probation is since many people who never commit a crime again might not have done so anyway. Many people who commit another crime might have done so anyway had they received some other punishment. But it is successful in convincing at least some people to stay away from future crimes and also in relieving the pressure on the prison system....
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