Perhaps as evidence of a growing cultural gap between our students and ourselves, one of the authors was recently amused when a student asked whether probation was a "cool" sanction. In this study, we begin an investigation into how cool the probation sanction is in the eyes of residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Specifically, we use data from a telephone survey of 840 registered voters to explore three questions. First, how often would they recommend the probation sanction in comparison to other sanctions? Second, how do they justify the sanction relative to justifications for other sanctions? Finally, are their justifications and sentencing recommendations consistent across crimes? We address these questions in this study to see whether the sanction is "cool or uncool." In the review of literature, we discuss punishment justifications in general and probation as a punitive experience.
Original Publication Citation
Payne, B. K., Gainey, R. R., Triplett, R., & Danner, M. J. E. (2003). Justifications for the probation sanction among residents of Virginia--Cool or un-cool? Federal Probation, 67(3), 42-48.
Payne, Brian K.; Gainey, Randy R.; Triplett, Ruth A.; and Danner, Mona J. E., "Justifications for the Probation Sanction Among Residents of Virginia--Cool or Un-Cool?" (2003). Sociology & Criminal Justice Faculty Publications. 1.