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NCJ Number: 99160 Find in a Library
Title: Moving Away From Help? Policy and Practice in Probation Day Centres
Journal: Howard Journal of Criminal Justice  Volume:24  Issue:1  Dated:(February 1985)  Pages:20-27
Author(s): M Vanstone
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 9
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: The function of the probation service is the subject of increasing attention. There is much disagreement both within the service and amongst other interested parties, about the direction of future policy. The issue of compulsory attendance at day centres draws together the main issues being debated.
Abstract: This paper describes the short history of day centres in this field and suggests that during this period there has been a significant change in the political climate affecting the development of practice. The paper is written from a practioner's standpoint and it argues that a rapid expansion of day centres without adequate forethought and resource provision, will contribute significantly to a move away from the service's traditional role of helping people in trouble. It examines the dilemma surrounding voluntary or compulsory attendance and whilst suggesting that the principle of diverting people from custody through the use of probation orders and voluntary day centre attendance needs to be tested out, asserts that compulsory attendance need not be an attack on people's integrity. This paper underlines that there is a place for day centres within the criminal justice system and delineates a set of principles which should underpin both policy decisions and actual day to day practice. (Author abstract)
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Community-based corrections (adult); Foreign probation or parole services; Great Britain/United Kingdom; Probation conditions
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