The corrections system

When someone is found guilty

Correction system

When someone is found guilty, or convicted, of a crime, the corrections system takes over.

Probation

Criminals granted probation are allowed to return to their communities to live and work . However, they have certain limits to their freedom. For example, they must be home by a certain hour, or they must not associate with certain people.

Prison

Criminals lose their freedom and privacy, and must live in a prison for a specified period of time.

Fines

Criminals must pay a fine or pay foe damage caused

Community service

Criminals must do volunteer work in the community, such as picking up litter, counseling students, or severing meals to the homeless.

Death penalty

Some states allow the death penalty for the most serious crimes.