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Ten Models for Probation Supervision Compared Across Eight Dimensions

NCJ Number
Journal of Offender Rehabilitation Volume: 34 Issue: 3 Dated: 2002 Pages: 85-105
Idit Weiss; Yochanan Wozner
Date Published
21 pages
This article presents 10 models for probation supervision compared across 8 dimensions.
These models differ from one another in their underlying perception of the causes of crime and philosophy of punishment, aims they assign to probation, clients they envision for change and protection, basic strategies, and the role of the probation officer. The paper aims to provide a fuller picture of the probation field, and to obtain a better understanding of the features that unite or differentiate among various programs. The models can be divided into those which perceive probation as an alternative to punishment and those in which it is a form of punishment. The article suggests these models can serve as an aid in defining, characterizing, and comparing the wide variety of approaches to probation along the same dimensions, in locating and identifying any changes in approach, and in defining a desired probation policy or practice. Table, references


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