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Title: Community Service - An Evaluation of the Impact of the Community Service Order Scheme in Queensland
Author(s): S Leivesley
Corporate Author: Queensland Probation and Parole Service
Date Published: 1983
Page Count: 88
Sponsoring Agency: Australian Research Council
Canberra ACT, 2601, Australia
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Queensland Probation and Parole Service
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: A 3-month evaluation of community service orders in Queensland, Australia, focused on the response to the program by community groups, the offenders, and the probation and parole agency.
Abstract: The study began in January 1983. An evaluation team visited 4 centers, interviewed 39 people, did detailed case studies of 2 geographic areas, and did an extensive literature review. The program was found to have been successful during its first 2 years. The most successful placements were in charitable organizations with full-time staff to supervise offenders. The probation and parole agency's employment of some supervisors was partly responsible for the low failure rate of placements in organizations. The supervisors found satisfaction in their work. The relationship between probation officers and the program has yet to be determined. Nearly all offenders performed satisfactorily, and over the 23 months examined, only 6 percent failed to comply with their orders by absconding or breaching their agreements. Offenders did not regard the program as a lenient sanction; instead, they saw it as a fair chance to use skills. Costs were far below that of imprisonment. Judges had positive perceptions of the program. Numerous recommendations, case studies of particular programs, a data table, figures, an appendix covering methodology, and reference lists on the evaluation model and on community service programs in five nations are included.
Index Term(s): Australia; Community service order; Community service programs; Program evaluation
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