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2011 Community Sentences and their Outcomes in Jersey

Produced by the Probation and After-care (Non-executives and legal departments)
Authored by Helen Miles, Peter Raynor, Brenda Coster and published on 31 Dec 2011
Prepared internally, no external cost


​This report is the third in a continuing series which aims to provide a regularly updated evaluation of the outcomes of the Jersey Probation and After-Care Service’s work, and its contribution to community safety, crime reduction and the rehabilitation of offenders. To put this work into context, readers should be aware that the work of probation services is notoriously difficult to measure and evaluate. There are hundreds of probation services in the world: the latest survey of probation work in Europe alone covers 32 countries (Van Kalmthout and Durnescu 2008) but very few of them are able to document the outcomes of their work or to specify what difference they make to offenders. The Jersey service is one of very few that can, largely thanks to the conscientiousness of its staff and managers and the quality of data that they provide. As a result, Jersey’s probation work has attracted international attention (see, for example, Raynor and Miles 2007; Raynor 2008) and has contributed to the establishment of an international research network studying probation practice (CREDOS, the Collaboration of Researchers for the Development of Effective Offender Supervision). Research related to Jersey’s probation work has been discussed in at least eight international criminological conferences, and the research collaboration between Swansea University and the Jersey Probation and After-Care Service has also provided the basis for the Jersey Crime and Society Project, a series of linked research projects which now also include a study of the Parish Hall Enquiry system (Miles 2004; Miles and Raynor 2005) and ongoing studies of community safety.

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