Source: (2003) Probation Journal: The Journal of Community and Criminal Justice. 50(1): 7-19.
This article explores three questions. First, it considers who does and should determine the demand for probation services; second, why the pattern for the demand and supply of probation services is as it currently is; and finally, it considers how the future demand and supply of probation services might be altered. The author argues that the â€˜silting upâ€™ of probation caseloads with low risk offenders is a major problem for an already over-stretched workforce and suggests a number of measures which could be taken to address this problem â€“ these include the â€˜up-tariffingâ€™ of community service, more use of restorative justice approaches, a more effective strategy to inform sentencers of the effects their sentencing decisions are having, and a return to a greater reliance on financial penalties. Author’s abstract.
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