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A discussion on the benefits and disadvantages of intermediate punishments

What are intermediate punishments? What are their benefits and disadvantages?

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Intermediate punishments include a wide variety of community-based sanctions that are designed to decrease the use of prisons, and thus punish offenders who would otherwise be sentenced to prison. They are designed to be tougher than probation but less stringent and expensive than prison.

Some examples include boot camps, home detention and electronic monitoring. Each is designed for different types of offenders. For example boot camps are designed for first time offenders, to try and shock them, and thus stop them from becoming repeat offenders. In contrast, electronic monitoring is aimed at higher risk offenders.

Potential benefits include a reduction in prison crowding, a reduction in the level of exposure of minor offenders to the criminal justice ...

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Intermediate punishments are assessed in terms of pros and cons.

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