Criminal Justice | Learning Resources | Section 6.4

Criminal Justice: An Overview of the System by Adam J. McKee

Section 6.4: Probation, Parole, and Community Corrections

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Learning Objectives
6.4(a) Describe the advantages and disadvantages of probation.
6.4(a) Identify the major job duties of probation officers.
6.4(a) Identify the various sanctions that fall under the heading of community corrections.
6.4(a) Compare and contrast probation with parole.
6.4(a) Describe the concept of intermediate sanctions and describe programs that fall under that heading.

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For the Classroom: INTRO Section 6.4_ Parole, Probation, and Community Sanctions

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Key Terms

  • Absconder
  • Active Supervision
  • Community Corrections
  • Conditions of Parole
  • Gagnon v. Scarpelli (1973)
  • Inactive Supervision
  • John Augustus
  • Parole
  • Parole Officer
  • Parolee
  • Revocation
  • Split Sentence
  • Technical Violation
  • Violator
  • Work Release Program

Download a Printable Vocabulary Study Guide [PDF]: Intro_Section_6.4

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Last Updated:  4/21/2021

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