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Research and Development in Corrections

NCJ Number
Federal Probation Volume: 51 Issue: 2 Dated: special issue (June 1987) Pages: 62-64
J P Conrad
Date Published
3 pages
The author believes in the efficacy of intensive supervision despite possible disappointments and shortcomings, and describes the plan implemented in Georgia.
In the Georgia plan, intensive probation is offered to convicted felons who have been sentenced to prison but who, in the judgment of the court and the probation officer, may safely be assigned to probation on the special terms of intensive administration. This means a daily visitation by a surveillance officer who has a caseload of no more than 25 and compliance with a program prescribed by the court on the advice of a probation officer who shares the surveillance officer's caseload. The probationer must be fully employed, comply with rigid restrictions in movement in the community, abide by a curfew, and contribute specified hours to unpaid community service. Regular payments must be made if restitution has been ordered. The offender must pay a reasonable monthly fee for the costs of intensive supervision. Submission to this regime is optional. Violation of the terms means prison. As confidence in the program grows, violent offenders may be included. Inevitable failures will be offset by success in reducing or avoiding prison sentences. 2 footnotes.