Directions: With the various constraints placed on the criminal justice system, such as budgets, staffing, and overcrowding, the use of probation and other community corrections alternatives has increased in recent years. Probation, as a result of this increased reliance, had become a vital part of the correctional system. For this assignment, write a 1-2 page single-spaced letter as a probation offer to a newly appointed state judge that is skeptical of sentencing convicted criminals to probation. To persuade the judge to consider probation as an alternative sanction include the following: 1. Development of probation. 2. Advantages of probation. 3. Legal rights of probationers. 4. Effectiveness of probation in contemporary America, addressing both the positive and negative aspects. 5. How probation can be combined with intermediate sanctions to increase their effectiveness.