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Short Answer

  1. What are the multiple goals of the criminal justice system? Which of these goals is community corrections best able to address?

  2. What is the difference between probation and parole? Are the clients of one system inherently more dangerous than the other? Would you rather be a probation officer or a parole officer?

  3. What factors are taken into consideration when authorities decide to parole an inmate? Do you think the victim of the crime should have any input in the decision to grant parole?

  4. What obstacles do inmates confront when they try to re-enter society? What can the parole officer do to help the parolee handle these difficulties?

  5. What are intermediate punishments? Are they a good use of the limited money available for corrections? Which of these intermediate punishments seems the most beneficial to you?

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