The correctional system has the responsibility of supervising offenders sentenced for crimes. This includes both incarcerated offenders, as well as offenders serving sentences in the community. As prison overcrowding has increased, the use of alternative punishments has become more popular as a means for reducing incarceration populations. Compose an essay of 500 – 700 words that examines the importance of alternatives to incarceration as a means for controlling prison populations. As part of your response discuss the impact that alternative programs has had on the administration of correctional agencies from the perspective of both prisons and community programs. Directly quoted material may be used, but will not count towards the minimum word count. Be sure to support your response with cited scholarly resources as required by APA. A minimum of three (3) resources in addition to the course textbook must be used when composing your response.
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