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Title: PETTY PERSISTENT OFFENDER - PROCEEDINGS OF A SEMINAR HELD AT NACRO (NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE CARE AND RESETTLEMENT OF OFFENDERS), LONDON (ENGLAND), JUNE 26, 1979
Corporate Author: National Assoc for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (NACRO)
United Kingdom
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 36
Sponsoring Agency: National Assoc for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (NACRO)
London, SW9 0PU
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Wates Foundation
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: PROCEEDINGS OF A BRITISH SEMINAR ON PETTY PERSISTENT OFFENDERS -- VAGRANTS AND OTHERS WHOSE FREQUENT CONTACTS WITH THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM ARE PRECIPITATED BY TRIVIAL OFFENSES -- ARE REPORTED.
Abstract: THE REPORT CONSISTS OF THREE PAPERS, AND SUMMARIES OF SEMINAR PARTICIPANTS' DISCUSSIONS AND CONCLUSIONS. THE FIRST PAPER DESCRIBES CHARACTERISTICS OF PETTY PERSISTENT OFFENDERS, PROBLEMS IN DEFINING THESE OFFENDERS AS A GROUP, AND RESEARCH AIMED AT MINIMIZING THEIR INVOLVEMENT IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROCESS. THE SECOND PAPER ASSESSES THE AVAILABILITY OF SERVICES TO MEET THESE OFFENDERS' NEEDS FOR ACCOMMODATION, EMPLOYMENT, EDUCATIONAL AND LEISURE ACTIVITIES, HEALTH CARE, AND ASSISTANCE WITH FAMILY AND OTHER INTERPERSONAL PROBLEMS. THE THIRD PAPER CONSIDERS THE ROLE OF THE COURTS IN DEALING WITH PETTY PERSISTENT OFFENDERS, FOCUSING ON STATUTORY AND OTHER MEANS OF LIMITING THE USE OF IMPRISONMENT. SEMINAR PARTICIPANTS AGREED THAT THERE WAS A PRESSING NEED TO COORDINATE COMMUNITY SERVICES FOR PETTY PERSISTENT OFFENDERS, PREFERABLY THROUGH PROBATION AND AFTERCARE AGENCIES. COMMUNITY SERVICE ORDERS, COMBINED WITH ADEQUATE ACCOMMODATION, WERE SEEN AS A PROMISING ALTERNATIVE TO IMPRISONMENT. IT WAS ALSO AGREED THAT MANY IMPROVEMENTS WERE POSSIBLE WITHOUT LEGISLATIVE INTERVENTION, BUT THAT PROBATION AND AFTERCARE AGENCIES, AS WELL AS THE COURTS, MUST CHANGE THEIR ATTITUDES TOWARD PETTY PERSISTENT OFFENDERS.
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; England; Habitual offenders; Vagrancy; Workshops and seminars
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