Community sentences: the UK picture since 2000

Catherine Heard, Policy and Research Associate at the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, asks why increased use of community sentences has not led to a corresponding fall in prison numbers. Her report forms part of an ongoing comparative project funded by the European Commission: Alternatives to Custody in Europe (ACE)1 which compares law and practice across eight EU states: Italy, France, Greece, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Spain and the UK. Over the past decade, the Centre for Crime and ...

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How our Scandinavian colleagues maintain lower reoffending rates than the UK

The Norweigan Way: Jo Inge Svendsen gives his thoughts on the effectiveness of community orders in Norway and the UK and reflects on discussions he has had with colleagues in both countries. As someone who has recently changed jobs from the probation service in the United Kingdom to the probation service in Norway, I have made some initial observations about the differences in the way we are working in the two countries. This article is mainly based on my observations and discussions with ...

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