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NCJ Number: 50299 Find in a Library
Title: PROBATION IN BELGIUM
Journal: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OFFENDER THERAPY  Volume:13  Issue:2  Dated:(1969)  Pages:100-105
Author(s): S C VERSELE
Corporate Author: Assoc for Psychiatric Treatment of Offenders
United Kingdom
Date Published: 1969
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: Assoc for Psychiatric Treatment of Offenders
London, NW1 6BU, England
Type: Statistics
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF PROBATION IN BELGIUM ARE DISCUSSED, WITH ATTENTION TO THE CLASSIFICATION OF OFFENDERS, THE ROLE OF THE PROBATION OFFICERS, AND PROBATION STATISTICS FROM THE 1960'S.
Abstract: IN BELGIUM A DISTINCTION IS MADE BETWEEN 'SUSPENSION' (SIMPLE OR COMBINED WITH PROBATION SUPERVISION), APPLICABLE ONLY TO OFFENDERS WHOSE PREVIOUS CONVICTIONS AMOUNTED TO NO MORE THAN 1 MONTH'S IMPRISONMENT, AND 'SURSIS' (SIMPLE OR COMBINED WITH PROBATION SUPERVISION), THAT MAY BE GRANTED TO OFFENDERS WHOSE PAST CONVICTIONS TOTALED NO MORE THAN 6 MONTHS. THE PERIOD OF PROBATION IN BELGIUM VARIES FROM 1 TO 5 YEARS AND IS FIXED INDIVIDUALLY FOR EACH OFFENDER. THE TERM 'PROBATION HELPER' IS PREFERRED TO THE MORE AUTHORITARIAN TERM 'PROBATION OFFICER.' IN 1965, THE PERCENTAGE OF OFFENDERS PLACED ON PROBATION, RELATIVE TO THE NUMBER FOUND GUILTY, VARIED FROM 0 TO 9.81 PERCENT. THE EXTENT TO WHICH COURTS MADE USE OF PROBATION INVESTIGATION REPORTS ALSO VARIED. TYPES OF OFFENSES IN THE FIRST 400 CASES SUBMITTED, IN 1967, TO THE PROBATION COMMITTEE IN BRUSSELS WERE LARGELY DETERMINED BY THE FACT THAT THE LAW LIMITS THE SELECTION OF PROBATIONERS. OFFENSES AGAINST PROPERTY USUALLY CONCERNED THEFT, WHILE SEXUAL OFFENDERS WERE MAINLY HOMOSEXUALS AND EXHIBITIONISTS. THE COURTS WERE MORE READY TO PLACE YOUNG OFFENDERS ON PROBATION THAN OFFENDERS IN THE OLDER AGE GROUPS. AS OF JANUARY 1968, 47 PROBATION CASES IN BRUSSELS HAD BEEN CLOSED SATISFACTORILY (8.3 PERCENT). TABULAR DATA AND REFERENCES ARE PROVIDED. DETAILS RELATING TO DATA COLLECTION TECHNIQUES ARE APPENDED. (DEP)
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Belgium; Offenses; Probation; Probation or parole officers; Probation statistics; Probationers; Youthful offenders
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