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That implies that probation is useless, and we should keep people in prison until we are highly confident they will never recidivize, instead of saying, "OK, you are generally low risk, but still are not trustworthy to be alone with children or huge stacks of cash".



It doesn’t imply that at all. What does probation have to do with your public record? Probation is part of your sentence and administered by law enforcement.




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