The correctional system has the responsibility of supervising offenders sentenced for crimes. This includes both incarcerated offenders, as well as offenders serving sentences in the community. As prison overcrowding has increased, the use of alternative punishments has become more popular as a means for reducing incarceration populations.
Compose an essay of 350 words that examines the importance of alternatives to incarceration as a means for controlling prison populations. As part of your response discuss the impact that alternative programs has had on the administration of correctional agencies from the perspective of both prisons and community programs.