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NCJ Number: 168499 Find in a Library
Title: Revival of Throughcare: Rhetoric and Reality in Automatic Conditional Release
Journal: British Journal of Criminology  Volume:37  Issue:1  Dated:(Winter 1997)  Pages:1-14
Author(s): M Maguire; P Raynor
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: Home Office Research Unit
London, England SW1
Nuffield Foundation
London, England
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This article reports findings from an evaluation of Automatic Conditional Release proceedings in the British criminal justice system.
Abstract: The 1991 Criminal Justice Act in England and Wales introduced, for those sentenced to one to four years, the concept of a sentence served half in prison and half in the community, subject to supervision and the possibility of recall. The arrangement is known as Automatic Conditional Release. This paper reports findings from a research project evaluating its first two years of operation. The paper discusses the contradictory forces and ideas which led to the introduction of the scheme and shows how they are reflected in problems of implementation; gives accounts of the reactions of prisoners and licensees; and describes practitioners' attempts to adapt traditional concepts of throughcare to the requirements of a new form of supervision. The paper concludes that compulsory post-release supervision works in the sense that licensees tend to complete it successfully and to regard it as helpful, but that it is seriously flawed in practice by lack of clarity about its purpose and difficulty in allocating appropriate resources. Tables, references
Main Term(s): Foreign courts
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Corrections; Court research; Criminal justice research; England; Foreign criminal justice systems; Foreign sentencing; Supervised liberty; Wales
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