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NCJ Number: 136432 Find in a Library
Title: Probation Day Centers
Author(s): G Mair
Corporate Author: Great Britain Home Office
Research and Planning Unit
Information Section
United Kingdom
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 49
Sponsoring Agency: Great Britain Home Office
London, SW1H 9AT, England
Her Majesty's Stationery Office
Norwich, NR3 1GN,
Publication Number: ISBN 0-11-340894-3
Sale Source: Her Majesty's Stationery Office
PO Box 29
Norwich, NR3 1GN,
United Kingdom
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: The British 1982 Criminal Justice Act provides that offenders can be required to attend a day center for a period of up to 60 days during their probation; the centers must be approved by local probation committees.
Abstract: Based on data collected from a questionnaire survey of a sample of centers and six, in-depth case studies, this study provides a preliminary assessment of the contribution of day centers to the criminal justice process. The report presents basic information on the centers concerning their objectives, staffing, and hours. The second main section consists of information on the offenders as well as the referral and selection procedures through which they were chosen to participate in this type of program. This section contains some data on the extent to which centers are used as an alternative to custody. Details of the six case studies comprise the third major section of the report. The author found major disparities between the centers that raise serious questions concerning their efficiency, effectiveness, and economy. In planning centers, detailed consideration must be paid to establishing a clear relationship between the aims of the center and the activities it offers, creating clearly defined client groups, integrating the center with the local probation service, and refining other management and operational issues. 2 appendixes
Main Term(s): Correctional Day Programs; Foreign probation or parole services
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Foreign correctional systems; Foreign laws; Great Britain/United Kingdom
Note: Home Office Research Study 100
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