This film examines the probation system in Los Angeles County, California, a jurisdiction burdened by prison overcrowding, rising probation caseloads, and inadequate financial resources.
It is noted that while two-thirds of all probationers in California are eventually rearrested for new crimes, those sent to prison fare worse in the long run because of the loss of family contacts and job opportunities. It is suggested that probation, particularly intensive probation, can help the offender while also protecting the community. The importance of matching offender personality to the appropriate supervision styles is noted.
Date Published: January 1, 1986