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A Theoretical Basis for Handling Technical Violations

Volume 67 Number 3
December 2003

The author analyzes data on technical violations and interviews with probation officers working in the field to discern not only how technical violations are commonly addressed, but the officers' rationale. He argues that frequent tolerance of even serious violations before revocation is due in part to a regulatory model of probation where compliance is sought through inspections, discipline, and a normalization process.