Why do we use intermediate sanctions?
We use intermediate sanctions for two main reasons. First, we believe that such sanctions are more likely to encourage offenders to become productive citizens who do not commit further offenses. Intermediate sanctions come short of incarceration and therefore do not remove offenders from the community, causing them to lose contact with whatever support groups that they have that might help them avoid crime. Additionally, such sanctions do not put them in prison where they will become more likely to reoffend. Second, intermediate sanctions such as probation save us money. We have a badly overcrowded prison system and intermediate sanctions prevent that problem from becoming worse.