Intensive Supervision Programs Essay

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Intensive Supervision Programs are ineffective at reducing prison overcrowding, reducing correctional spending, expanding the sanctions available for law violators, enhancing public safety, creating a less punitive environment than prison, and lastly promoting the rehabilitation of offenders. ISP’s began to sweep the nation around the 1980’s and 1990’s in order to assist with prison overcrowding and correctional spending. This program was also designed for offenders who deserve more than parole, but not necessarily prison. Many obstacle’s came with the development of Intensive Supervision Programs including how to determine if these programs are effective or not. There are many type of offenders, ranging in multiple ages and committing various crimes. What may work for one offender does not necessarily mean that it will work for another.
Intensive Supervision Programs are not effective in being less punitive than being incarceration. There are multiple …show more content…

This program would be geared to helping offenders be able to meet the minimum requirements for the ISP. For example, help them obtain a full time job and home within a community. After this, I believe that one may be prepared for the Intensive Supervision Program. I also believe that there should be at least three different Intensive Supervision Programs. Each program should adhere to the good, the bad, or the ugly. This way we are able to know and determine what works for a certain type of offender. ISP’s currently group all three categories together and disregards the fact that each offender is different. If we differentiate between the offenders I believe that we can determine the effect that ISP’s have on an offender. Until then, I believe that ISP’s are ineffective at rehabilitation, reducing prison overcrowding, creating an environment less punitive than prison, and enhancing public

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