Source: (1995) The IARCA Journal 6 (June): 10-12.

Skotnicki notes the widespread perspective that prisons have failed and that alternatives to prison are necessary. In this context, many argue for community corrections as a better, more effective response to crime than penal incarceration. Yet Skotnicki contends that proponents of such alternatives base their perspectives on limited and even incorrect ethical and anthropological foundations about the human person and the nature of crime. These foundations merely replicate much of the foundational assumptions that underlay earlier, failed reforms of the penal system.