Getting Tough on Probationers: Back to Basics

W. Wesley Johnson, Sam Houston State University
Won-Jae Lee, Sam Houston State University
Gene Bonham, Jr., Sam Houston State University

Recently, there has been much discussion about the "reinvention of probation". The number of probation programs specifically aimed at greater offender accountability has increased as a result. Zero-tolerance probation, as a strictly enforced form of graduated sanctions, is analyzed to assess program efficacy. Individual level data on participants of a zero-tolerance program are analyzed to determine the deterrent effect of such programs on recidivism. Results from a preliminary analyses are presented. Policy implications of the findings are discussed with recommendations for probation agencies interested in such an approach.

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Updated 05/20/2006