Use of Appropriate
Sanctions and Controls
In developing, selecting and administering sanctions and
punishments, decision-makers must balance concern for individual
dignity, public safety and maintenance of social order.
Correctional programs and facilities are a costly and limited
resource; the most restrictive are generally the most expensive.
Therefore, it is good public policy to use these resources
wisely and economically.
The sanctions and controls imposed by courts and administered by
corrections should be the least restrictive consistent with
public and individual safety and maintenance of social order.
Selection of the least restrictive sanctions and punishments in
specific cases inherently requires balancing several important
objectives - individual dignity, fiscal responsibility and
effective correctional operations. To meet these objectives,
correctional agencies should:
A. Advocate to all branches of government - executive, legislative
and judicial - and to the public at large, the development and
appropriate use of the least restrictive sanctions, punishments,
programs and facilities;
B. Recommend the use of the least restrictive appropriate
dispositions in judicial decisions,
C. Classify persons under correctional jurisdiction to the least
restrictive appropriate programs and facilities; and
D. Employ only the level of regulation and control necessary for the
safe and efficient operation of programs, services and facilities.