The Paradox of Prison Reform-IV: Planning for Public Safety

Martinson, Robert
April 1972
New Republic;4/29/72, Vol. 166 Issue 18, p21
Focuses on the paradox of prison reforms with a clash between the policies of punishment and treatment of the offenders. Increase in the incidence of crime; Exploitation of the offenders by the politicians; Views that punishment is not the goal of the post-adjudicatory system; Goal is deterrence from committing crimes; Suggestion that the hard-liners assert that punishment is the appropriate means to this goal; Emphasis on maximum protection to the public balanced against minimum harm to the offender; Strategy of diversion which aims to divert the offenders from confinement to community supervision is growing among correctional insiders; Advocacy of means that will reduce the contact between offender and the correctional system.


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