House Arrest and Correctional Policy: Doing Time at Home

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Prison overcrowding has led criminal justice experts to seek viable options to incarceration. House Arrest and Correctional Policy considers one of these new approaches and raises important legislative and constitutional questions as well as social and psychological issues. The authors discuss both the advantages and disadvantages of house arrest, consider several specific programmes, evaluate research undertaken in various states and outline their own research.

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Prison overcrowding has led criminal justice experts to seek viable options to incarceration. House Arrest and Correctional Policy considers one of these new approaches and raises important legislative and constitutional questions as well as social and psychological issues. The authors discuss both the advantages and disadvantages of house arrest, consider several specific programmes, evaluate research undertaken in various states and outline their own research.

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Richard A. Ball is Professor of Administration of Justice at Penn State—Fayette and former Program Head for Administration of Justice for the 12-campus Commonwealth College of Penn State. He is former Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at West Virginia University, and received his doctorate from Ohio State University in 1965. He has authored several monographs on community power structure and correctional issues and co-edited a monograph and a book on white-collar crime. He has authored or coauthored approximately 100 articles and book chapters, including articles in the American Journal of Corrections, American Sociological Review, The American Sociologist, British Journal of Social Psychiatry, Correctional Psychology, Crime and Delinquency, Criminology, Federal Probation, International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice, International Social Science Review, Journal of Communication, Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, Journal of Small Business Management, Journal of Psychohistory, Justice Quarterly, Northern Kentucky Law Review, Qualitative Sociology, Rural Sociology, Social Forces, Social Problems, Sociological Focus, Sociological Symposium, Sociology and Social Welfare, Sociology of Work and Occupations, Urban Life, Victimology, and World Futures. He is coauthor of House Arrest and Correctional Policy: Doing Time at Home (1988).

J. Robert Lilly is Regents Professor of Sociology/Criminology and Adjunct Professor of Law at Northern Kentucky University. His research interests include the pattern of capital crimes committed by U.S. soldiers during World War II, the “commercial-corrections complex,” juvenile delinquency, house arrest and electronic monitoring, criminal justice in the People’s Republic of China, the sociology of law, and criminological theory. He has published in Criminology, Crime & Delinquency, Social Problems, Legal Studies Forum, Northern Kentucky Law Review, Journal of Drug Issues, The New Scholar, Adolescence, Qualitative Sociology, Federal Probation, International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice, Justice Quarterly, and The Howard Journal. He has coauthored several articles and book chapters with Richard A. Ball, and he is coauthor of House Arrest and Correctional Policy: Doing Time at Home. In 2003 he published La Face Cachee Des GI’s: Les Viols commis par des soldats amercains en France, en Angleterre et en Allemange pendat la Second Guerre mondial. It was translated into Italian and published (2004) as Stupppi Di Guerra: Le Violenze Commesse Dai Soldati Americani in Gran Bretagna, Francia e Germania 1942–1945. It was published in English in 2007. The latter work is part of his extensive research on patterns of crimes and punishments experienced by U.S. soldiers in WWII in the European Theater of War. The Hidden Face of the Liberators, a made-for-TV documentary by Program 33 (Paris), was broadcast in Switzerland and France in March 2006 and was a finalist at the International Television Festival of Monte Carlo in 2007. He is the past treasurer of the American Society of Criminology. In 1988, he was a visiting professor in the School of Law at Leicester Polytechnic and was a visiting scholar at All Soul’s College in Oxford, England. In 1992, he became a visiting professor at the University of Durham in England. He was co-editor of The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice from 2006-2012.

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Table of Contents

Foreword - Gilbert Geis
PART ONE: THE RISE OF INSTITUTIONAL INCARCERATION AND THE SEARCH FOR ALTERNATIVES
The Development of Imprisonment in the United States
Phase Four
Alternatives to Incarceration
Home Confinement
PART TWO: HOUSE ARREST AND JUVENILE JUSTICE
Jailing Juveniles
A Suicidal Policy?
The Deinstitutionalization Movement
Who Is Referred to House Arrest Programs and What Screening Criteria Are Used?
What Does 'Success' Mean in Such Programs and How Successful Are they?
What Is the Comparative Cost of These Programs?
Conclusion
PART THREE: A MODEL HOUSE ARREST PROGRAM FOR JUVENILES: WHAT MAKES IT WORK?
Administration and Staffing
Intake and Referral
Caseworker Qualifications and Responsibilities
Client Population Trends
Correlates of Success
A Closer Look
Program Funding and Costs
Judicial Support for the Program
Other Issues
Discretion and 'Turf'
Juvenile 'House Arrest' Programs
Policy Implications
Legal Issues
Potential Impact on Detention Population and Costs
Implications of 'House Arrest' Policy for Juvenile Courts
PART FOUR: 'HOUSE ARREST' PROGRAMS FOR ADULT OFFENDERS IN KENTUCKY AND FLORIDA
The Kenton County, Kentucky Project
Findings
Expectations and Results
The State-Wide Florida Project
The Palm Beach County, Florida Projects
Discussion
PART FIVE: LEGAL AND SOCIAL ISSUES OF 'HOUSE ARREST'
General Legal Issues
Fourth Amendment
Related Constitutional Amendments
Diminshed Rights of Offenders
Some Additional Legal Issues
General Social Issues
PART SIX: CONCLUSION
General Advantages of Home Confinement
Specific Advantages of Home Confinement
Questions and Reservations

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