Day Reporting Centers and Work Release Programs

Authored by: Lee Michael Johnson

Routledge Handbook of Corrections in the United States

Print publication date:  September  2017
Online publication date:  September  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138183353
eBook ISBN: 9781315645179
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Day reporting is a community-based (non-residential) sanction that combines intensive rehabilitation programming with punishment and control through a structured environment and increased supervision. It also offers a cost-efficient alternative to incarceration. Participants spend their evenings at home and are allowed, sometimes required, to do other essential activities such as work and attend school. Day reporting is considered to be an “intermediate sanction,” as it is less restrictive than prison or jail but more restrictive than traditional probation (Marciniak 2000; Martin, Lurigio, and Olson 2003; Roy and Grimes 2002).

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