Getting in Sync
State-Local Fiscal Partnerships for Public Safety
Some offenders need to be put in prison. Others can be managed safely on probation in the community. This 2008 report looks at how judges and prosecutors often face the difficult task of figuring out what to do with defendants who don’t fit cleanly into either group.
When the right choice isn’t clear, many court officers say they feel compelled to send offenders to prison because of a lack of confidence or capacity in their community corrections programs.