Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Positive Reinforcement, Incentives, and Sanctions

In probation, a program called Positive Reinforcement, Incentives and Sanctions Matrix, or PRISM, is helping lower the repeat-offender rate, Harrington said. PRISM is a system of sanctions and rewards for those on probation. For instance, if an offender violates their probation, rather than revoking it right away, they are given chances to try again. The sanctions are gradual. For a first violation, the offender may have to write a paper on why they did so or go to counseling. For subsequent offenses, they might have to stay in jail for a weekend or perform community service...If the offender does well on probation, they are rewarded. more

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