Allocation to Offending Behavior Programs in the English and Welsh Probation Service

Palmer, Emma, McGuire, James, Hatcher, Ruth, Hounsome, Juliet C., Bilby, Charlotte and Hollin, Clive (2009) Allocation to Offending Behavior Programs in the English and Welsh Probation Service. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 36 (9). pp. 909-922. ISSN 0093-8548

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0093854809338889

Abstract

The Probation Service of England and Wales delivers three offending behavior programs designed for offenders who have committed any offense. One of the selection criteria for these programs states that offenders should have a medium-high risk of reoffending rather than low or very high risk. This article examines the appropriateness of offender allocation by risk level to these three programs in the Probation Service. There was significant variation in allocation performance by Probation Area and program. Appropriateness of allocation was associated with program completion. Very high—risk offenders were more likely to not start a program that they had been allocated to and more likely to not complete a program once they had started. Appropriateness of allocation also affected reconviction independently of program completion status.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: offender, interventions, community, allocation, reconviction
Subjects: L300 Sociology
L400 Social Policy
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Ellen Cole
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2012 10:32
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 08:26
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/4703

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