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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.

Policy Statement:

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.

Last Updated: 02/03/2010 10:36 PM
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