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NCJ Number: 137143 Find in a Library
Title: House Burglars and Victims
Journal: Probation Journal  Volume:38  Issue:2  Dated:(June 1991)  Pages:63-67
Author(s): D Nation; J Arnott
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 5
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: An evaluation of four completed programs provides support for the use of a group program designed to provide a credible non-custodial option and to change offending behavior of house burglars through encounters with victims and prisoners.
Abstract: Only one probationer house-burgled again after participating in the program yielding a reoffending rate of 6 percent. The most recent official figures show reoffending rates after custodial sentences of 62 percent for the 17-20 age group within 2 years. The questionnaires completed before and after the meetings by four groups show victims found the meetings worthwhile and interesting and felt less "angry" and "worried" subsequently. The burglars found the sessions "interesting" and felt that attendance had increased their awareness of the effects of house burglary upon victims. There are major resource implications to running the program including heavier than usual demands on staff resources. 2 references
Main Term(s): Probation or parole services; Property crime victims
Index Term(s): Behavior modification; Burglary victims; Foreign crime prevention
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