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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Capital approach: Working with young adult offenders in London

Assistant Chief Officers Andrew Hillas and Patsy Wollaston, who co-lead London CRC’s work with young adult offenders, write for Probation Quarterly about the successes of the EXIT project. Prior to the Transforming Rehabilitation changes, the then London Probation Trust began to place an emphasis on tailoring its interventions to addressing the specific needs of young adult offenders. During this period, it developed an intensive alternative to custody intervention called EXIT. It was ...

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Getting resettlement right for young people

Sarah Wilkinson, Beyond Youth Custody Programme Officer at Nacro, explains that a new way of working is needed to help young people leaving custody. How can we best prepare young people for release from custody, provide on-going support through to the community and help them desist from crime? First we must look at the characteristics of the cohort of children and young adults who are in custody, the nature of youth incarceration and the implications this has on their resettlement. Over ...

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The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Insights by Bevan Powell. “The revolution will not be televised!” The prophetic lyrics of the legendary poet and jazz performer Gil Scott Heron, resonate with Probation’s own ‘Rehabilitation Revolution’ and radical reforms, known as Transforming Rehabilitation(TR). The biggest shake-up of the service in its 108 year history received little media coverage. The TR programme replaced 35 Probation Trusts across England and Wales with a single National Probation Service (NPS) and 21 private sector ...

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