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NCJ Number: 201366 Find in a Library
Title: Listening to Young Adult Offenders: Views on the Effect of a Police-Probation Initiative on Reducing Crime
Journal: Howard Journal of Criminal Justice  Volume:42  Issue:3  Dated:July 2003  Pages:263-281
Author(s): Wing Hong Chui; Bill Tupman; Colin Farlow
Date Published: July 2003
Page Count: 19
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This article discusses the project, Addressing Repeat Criminality (ARC), aimed at a group of young adult offenders in the southwest region of England.
Abstract: Project ARC deviated away from contemporary probationary supervision in emphasizing group work and the use of a case management model, and offered a more targeted and concentrated style of individualized support and assistance. The project relied upon multi-agency collaboration and firm strategic planning. The project centered on addressing the underlying issue of drug addiction, and the fundamental problems and needs of the offenders. The views and reflections of its participants were heard in evaluating the project. The project began in September 1999 with the primary goal of cutting crime through identification and treatment of a group of habitual property or drug offenders. It was strongly geared toward addressing the individual and social problems and needs experienced by its participants. Instead of incarceration, such a community-based approach would maximize success in helping them to mend their ways, stop offending, and lead law-abiding lives. Participants were asked to express their views about the project through in-depth interviews. The evaluation study showed that the project produced some promising, even provisionally successful results. Future evaluation will show further confirmatory evidence of its effectiveness in addressing repeat criminality. One of the advantages of the project was that it learned greatly from its participants, affirming the value and importance of eliciting their opinions, attitudes, and value judgements on their experience of probation. This aspect improved their treatment and guides the design of future programs to be more effective in reducing re-offending. 1 table, 1 note, 39 references
Main Term(s): Career criminal programs; Post-release programs
Index Term(s): Habitual offenders; Inmate attitudes; Parolee attitudes; Recidivism; Recidivists; Treatment offender matching
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