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NCJ Number: 128666 Find in a Library
Title: Probation -- Does More Mean Better?
Journal: International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology  Volume:34  Issue:3  Dated:(December 1990)  Pages:vii-xii
Author(s): R G Whitfield
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 6
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This editorial analyzes the expansion of intensive probation services (IPS) in the United Kingdom and the United States. It argues that diversifying IPS leads to unrealistic expectations of probation officers and expedient and desperate development of supervision services rather than to goal-oriented planning.
Abstract: The increase in national probation caseloads in the United States and the proportionate use of probation in Britain are cited as examples of current problems in probation. Cost and community control of supervision are cited as reasons for expansion of probation services. Interim research is reviewed to provide insight into an evaluation of such an IPS. In order for an intensive supervision program to be effective, therapeutic integrity, reasonable demands, and offence-specific programs should be present. For politicians and legislators, the benefits of IPS include a solution to the problem; for probation services, the benefits include expansion, opportunities, and more resources. However, the IPS will be beneficial to both the offender and probation officer if it offers the offenders more choice, relevant options, and strong community links preferably with carefully-targeted, small scale projects. Large piecemeal development is not necessarily better. 10 references
Main Term(s): Intensive probation
Index Term(s): Services effectiveness; United Kingdom (UK); US/foreign comparisons
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