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American Exceptionalism in Community Supervision

APPA-PERSPECTIVES, Spring 2017, pp. 20-27

8 Pages Posted: 18 Jul 2017  

Alessandro Corda

Queen's University Belfast - School of Law; University of Minnesota Law School

Michelle S. Phelps

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Dept of Sociology

Date Written: March 12, 2017

Abstract

In recent years, increasing public attention has been drawn to the causes and consequences the rapid expansion of imprisonment in the U.S. to the point of mass incarceration. However, as numerous recent reports and academic articles have highlighted, the U.S. is “exceptional” not just for its massive prison population, but also for its rates of community supervision. In this review piece, we will detail these cross-national differences, concluding with a discussion of how community supervision practices are different in the U.S. as well. Our central conclusion is that the U.S. could have a much smaller population on community supervision (including both fewer admissions and shorter terms) with few public safety repercussions.

Keywords: community supervision, probation, parole, punishment

JEL Classification: K14

Suggested Citation

Corda, Alessandro and Phelps, Michelle S., American Exceptionalism in Community Supervision (March 12, 2017). APPA-PERSPECTIVES, Spring 2017, pp. 20-27. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3001392

Alessandro Corda (Contact Author)

University of Minnesota Law School ( email )

229 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

HOME PAGE: http://https://robinainstitute.umn.edu/people/alessandro-corda

Queen's University Belfast - School of Law ( email )

School of Law
Belfast, BT7 1NN
United Kingdom

Michelle S. Phelps

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Dept of Sociology ( email )

909 Soc Sci Bld
267 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

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