Workshop highlights potential for electronic monitoring to support desistance

Although often used for public protection and as a punishment alternative to prison, electronic monitoring also has a powerful role to play in supporting positive life changes for service users.  That was one of the key issues that probation practitioners were keen to learn more about in a day-long Probation Institute workshop on electronic monitoring this month. The event, held at Conway Hall in London, attracted leaders from across the criminal justice sector, including Community ...

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Health & Recovery Support

Northumbria Community Rehabilitation Company (Northumbria CRC) runs a recovery support service with its Newcastle IOM team which has shown great results in its first year. There was a 37% reduction in crime during the first six months of engagement. The recovery support service was commissioned in January 2013 and the contract was awarded to Changing Lives, a national charity which provides specialist support services for vulnerable people. It is led by Stephen Jamieson, senior peer recovery ...

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Desistance at scale

An article by Helen Collins, John Graham, Lindy Madgin-Ellison, Val Docherty and North Durham Peer Mentors and service users. As a solution to ever-decreasing staff numbers in the Durham Tees Valley Probation Trust (DTVPT) in 2011, the Citizenship Programme was developed. Research (see above) had shown the programme to be effective in reducing reoffending. Once the programme was completed, those assessed as suitable were passed to the newly formed Community Supervision Service (CSS). ...

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From Research to Practice: Challenges and opportunities for evidence-based supervision

Forensic psychologist Dr Dominic Pearson reports on the evaluation of a "Citizenship programme" that has reduced reoffending in the North East and considers the practical lessons for those wishing to replicate its success. Unlike at any other time, probation services in the UK are under pressure to be cost-effective. Community Rehabilitation Companies have been set up to work with lower risk offenders under ‘payment by results’ contracts. The pressure is on, therefore, to produce results ...

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What makes a good Probation Officer?

Amarjit Kaur of Revolving Doors reports on the charity's work to involve service users in probation work in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire - which included asking the question: What makes a good Probation Officer? There is a growing recognition that, because of their direct experiences, service users have a unique insight into what works, which can be used to improve services. In the criminal justice system, involvement has another crucial role to play, as a mechanism to support desistance ...

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