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Day centre reconviction rates

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Since their introduction in the Criminal Justice Act 1982, probation day centres have assumed an important role in the work of the probation service and as a sentencing option. This paper discusses the success of day centres in terms of their reconviction rates, while pointing to the limitations of relying solely on this criterion as a measure of success. It is concluded that, taking account of the high-risk offenders who tend to be the recipients of a day centre order (17-25 years old, with several previous convictions and experience of custody), the reconviction rates of centres are not unacceptable, although wide variation among centres merits further study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)329-339
Number of pages11
JournalBritish Journal of Criminology
Volume32
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 1992

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