Restrictive Intermediate Punishments Under Pennsylvania's Sentencing Guidelines: An Impact Assessment

Tara Williams, The Pennsylvania State University
John H. Kramer, The Pennsylvania State University

ABSTRACT
In 1997 Pennsylvania's sentencing guidelines were changed to incorporate Restrictive Intermediate Punishment to better meet the needs of drug addicted offenders. This study examines a population of drug addicted offenders sentenced to drug treatment as an alternative to incarceration for the years 1998-1999. The treatment group is compared to a sample of RIP eligible offenders sentenced to state incarceration, county jail, or probation in 1996, before the RIP program was available. Data indicated that recidivism was lower among the treatment group.

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