Date of Award
Open Access Thesis
Master of Science (MS)
David C. May
A large body of research exists that examines the punitiveness of prison compared to a wide variety of alternative sanctions. Generally, this research finds that there are numerous demographic and contextual differences in the way that people experience the punitiveness of prison. In this paper, I expand that research by using data from over 900 inmates to examine whether they view military service as more punitive than incarceration.
The research suggests females, Blacks, and those who have not had prior military service are more likely to desire imprisonment as opposed to military service. However, Whites and veterans appear to embrace the idea of military service as an alternative to imprisonment. The practicality of using military service as opposed to incarceration is also discussed.
Copyright 2012 Travis Wade Milburn
Milburn, Travis Wade, "Exploring Military Service as an Alternative Sanction: Evidence From Inmates' Perspectives" (2012). Online Theses and Dissertations. 82.