On the parole arguement there a whole other arguement about the nature/dangers of probation.
me I’m deeply ambivilant about it on one hand it does seem to work moderately well (work defined as keeping people out of prison)where prison is crap Utilatarian-benifit-wise. On the other there is an element rethe libedrtarian in me (Note the lower case ‘l’) it doesn’t sit well on my stomach. More or less explicitly we’re taliking about trying to ‘mould charcter’. Which at the very least needs to be limited to those aspects of the perp which violate other people’s real interests (A Forterie NOT including upseting theiir feelings). Have heard a few horror stories 3rd and 4th hand. Maybe its paranoid of me to think that its a 50-50 bet as to wether if I’m unfortionate enuf to get under his tender administrations my PO will demaND I dumpster my SF collection or burn my kinky Magazine collection